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  • 2: All Zoo Volunteer Recognition Lunch: 12 - 2pm | Zoo Volunteers are invited to a fun party and lunch in recognition of their service.

  • 17: Party for the Planet: 11am - 2pm | All Zoo event with booths promoting conservation, music and crafts with a "green theme." General Public - free with price of admission; FOSAZ Members - FREE. City of Santa Ana Residents - FREE. | more info...

  • 23-24: University of California Master Gardeners: 12 - 4pm | Fun activities and helpful information for the gardening enthusiast. General Public - free with price of admission; FOSAZ Members - FREE.

  • 30: "Dreamnight:" 5:30 - 7:30pm | Special invitation only event for children living with life threatening conditions from the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).

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Zoo Celebrates Birth of Four Monkeys, One a First

The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park celebrated multiple visits from the stork this past July, each with fuzzy baby monkeys.

The first was the July 20 birth of a Black-and-White Colobus Monkey. The baby is often seen exploring at the encouragement of its older brother (born last September), but always under the watchful eye of its mother. While the young Colobus was born all white, it is already showing signs of its adult black and white coloring, a transformation that will be complete by the time it is four months old...

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Ocelots are beautiful "exotic" wild cats from South America, often described as "miniature cheetahs." There are currently only 26 Brazilian Ocelots in the United States, and we are bringing two to the Santa Ana Zoo.

Since 2002, the Santa Ana Zoo has been working with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Brazilian Ocelot Consortium and the government of Brazil to play a role in the ocelot's survival. The ocelot currently is classified as an endangered species, and the Santa Ana Zoo has been one of ten U.S. zoos involved with the consortium.

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Zoo Volunteers
by Ron Glazier, Retired Director of the Zoo

It is often said it is the little things in life that are the most important, and I might add, the most memorable. One such example is when during one of my family gatherings, usually sitting around the dining room table, someone says; "Remember when." Many of these "remember when" moments are about some little thing that had special meaning for us.

One such example was when my son and one of my daughters "volunteered" to help me at the Santa Ana Zoo. I put volunteered in quotation marks as I'm sure they have a different memory of how they volunteered, but suffice it to say they did the work without monetary compensation. It was Christmas Eve, and we were short a Zoo keeper.

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Uncle Scale's Journals

June 17, 2014

You may already know this, but when you have a large group of crows, they are referred to as "a murder of crows". I always thought that was kind of odd, if also cool, when I was young... I now can understand the reasoning behind this after my years here at the Santa Ana Zoo, and my experience from the other night can attest to why!

Many times I will end up being one of the last people to leave the Zoo, especially if I am running a training session for one of our rides. On Friday I was leading a carrousel ride training for a few of our newer employees, and it wound up going pretty late. After the staff had all left for home and I had been sitting in my office for a while making sure I had all the signatures and whatnot that go along with the training I was visited by the urge of the call of nature.

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Baby Monkey Year in Review...
SAZOO Around the World

Did you know that SAZOO likes to travel. And to honor his wishes of becoming a world class traveler, we are offering this special promotion.

When you go on your next trip, take along your SAZOO plush (available at the Treetop Toys Gift Shop or on the Online Gift Shop) and take a picture of him in front of some monument from your trip.

You can even win two free passes to ride the Zoofari Express!

Check out these photos of SAZOO Around the World.

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