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Zoo EVENTS Update:

The decision has been made to cancel two events for 2020 in compliance with the State mandates:

  • Party for the Planet
  • Sunsets at the Zoo

The safety of the community is the main priority, and based on the current landscape holding, these events which attract lots of people would be very difficult with physical-distancing restrictions and it is not feasible to hold them later in the year. Keep assured that they both will be back in 2021!

Zoofari our black tie gala is still on the calendar for Saturday August 29, 2020 and Boo at the Zoo,"OC's Premier Halloween Event for Kids," is still being planned for October 17, 18, 24 and 25, 2020.

Currently, we are not changing the dates of Zoofari and Boo. We are optimistic that there will be a way for us to celebrate these two important fundraising events one way or another and will let you know as things evolve.

We are optimistic that we will still be able to hold these events as planned. If we need to change any of the dates, we will keep this section of the website updated with the latest developments.

Keep checking back with us here to stay on top of Zoo Events.

Everyone stay safe, stay healthy, and more importantly, stay at home until this passes.


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Santa Ana Zoo Welcomes Baby Anteater

The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park had a little extra to be thankful for this holiday season, a baby giant anteater.

The newest addition to the zoo was born on November 26, 2019 to mother “Heesoo of Troy” and father “Peter”. Mom and baby, whose sex has not yet been determined, have been bonding in their den off exhibit and both are doing well.

As the baby gets bigger, mom and baby will spend more time outside on warm days with good weather. When they choose to go outside, guests will see the baby anteater riding on its mother’s back for a number of months, even after it begins exploring on its own.

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Bean Sprouts is a hip & healthy cafe that offers a variety of choices for the entire family including those who have picky eaters, allergies and other dietary challenges. Bean Sprouts' award-winning Imaginibbles children's menu empowers kids to make their own healthy choices.

Grown-ups are delighted with equally tempting adult choices and a coffee bar! Bean Sprouts adheres to clean ingredient guidelines and features organic and sustainable foods, compostable packaging and eco-friendly design.
Rides Maintenance Team

Kevin Jackson and Bob Davidson lead a team that does regular maintenance checks on all rides to keep them safe for the riders at the Zoo and assists with other projects around the Zoo to make it a safe, clean environment for our Zoo guests and animals residents (except the pigs, who like it a bit dirty)!

read more in the latest newsletter...

Rainy Day Blog

February 14, 2019

It's cold, wet, and worse yet for the Zoo, muddy! But I like the rain, so I decide I'm going out for a visit the Zoo on this rainy day. If you decide you want to visit the Zoo on a rainy day, though, make sure you call (714) 836-4000 to find out whether or not we are open. We sometimes have to close the Zoo if it is not safe for our guests.

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Uncle Scale's Journals...

Todd's Tid Bits...

The Santa Ana Zoo, "Home of the 50 Monkeys," announced today that its 68th wild birthday celebration will take place Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 on the Zoo grounds from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. You came as a kid, now come back with yours!

Parking and entertainment are included in the cost of general admission. Zoo members and children under age 3 are free. full story...

Check out these photos of SAZOO Around the World.

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