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Santa Ana Zoo

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2017 - 2017.

The Santa Ana Zoo is a nice but small community zoo. While is does not have many large animals, it does have a large collection of primates and a few unusual animals. The largest animals that this author saw were a Bactrian Camel and a Dromedary Camel in an enclosure together. A large grassy area is called "Tierra de las Pampasgrasslands" and is home to Guanaco (related to lama) and Ostrich. There are no "big cats" but this author saw a Margay and an Ocelot which are medium to small size cats. Two unusual animals are the Giant Anteater and the Two-Toed Sloth. In addition to the many primates, there are birds including a walk-through aviary.

When Joseph Prentice founded the zoo in 1952, he set a requirement that there be fifty monkeys on the site at all times. This has become the theme of the zoo and gave the name to the Fifty Monkey Farris Wheel scheduled to open in Winter 2017. The zoo features 80 species, of which about two dozen are primates. The zoo covers about 20 acres in Prentice Park.

Near the entrance is an area with a small building, Exploration Outpost, with jungle exhibits including reptiles and amphibians. Adjacent is a jungle theme maze which is easier to navigate if you give the right answers to questions at the intersections.

To the left of the entrance, next to the carrousel and train station (and future Farris Wheel), is the Children's Zoo. This is more of a farm yard with a cow and Exmoor Pony which account for some of the other larger animals. There are also a few pigs, chickens and turkeys, rabbits, sheep and goats, and other small animals in the Children's Zoo.

There are two rides, with a third opening soon. A train runs a loop along one side around the Children's Zoo and Papas Grass. The train came to the zoo when Santa's Village closed in 1998. A carrousel features various animals to ride. The large Fifty Monkeys Farris Wheel, was under construction as of this writing.

There are several spots for private parties and an Amphitheater. There is a snack bar and gift shop.

The zoo is adjacent to the I-5 Freeway and parking is free.
1801 East Chestnut Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92701-5001
Phone (information): 714-836-4000
Phone (office): 714-647-6575

Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, last admission is 4:00 PM. Closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving
Day, Christmas Day, and if rain or high winds.
Entrance Entrance
The entrance to the zoo. It is only a few steps from the parking lot.
Monkey sculpture
Monkey sculpture. The zoo is known for its 50 monkeys.
Information Kiosk
Information Kiosk.
Exploration Outpost Exploration Outpost
Exploration Outpost.
Giant Anteater Giant Anteater
Giant Anteater.
Guanaco Guanaco
Tierra de las Pampasgrasslands
Tierra de las Pampasgrasslands.
Margay Margay
Silvery Langur
Silvery Langur.
Two-Toed Sloth
Two-Toed Sloth.
Bactrian Camel
Bactrian Camel.
Scarlet Ibis

White-Faced Whisting Duck.

Train Station Train Station
Train Station, the train came from Santa's Village when it closed.
Carrousel Carrousel
The 50 Monkeys Farris Wheel site.

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