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  • 11: National Chemistry Week/Chemistry Day: 11:30am - 3pm | Chemistry displays sponsored by the American Chemical Society: General Public - free with price of admission; FOSAZ Members - FREE.

  • Mondays Sept. 14 - Dec. 14: Member Mondays!: 11am - 2pm | All members receive ride discounts from 11am - 2pm every Monday from Sept. 14 - Dec. 14.

  • 17, 18, 24, 25, 30: Boo at the Zoo "OC's Premier Halloween Event for Kids!": 5:30 - 8pm | Halloween family festival with trick-or-treating, costumes, lights & decorations, nocturnal animal presentations, train & carrousel rides. Rain or shine. FOSAZ Member Discount. | buy tickets... | press release

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Our black and white colobus monkey, Kianga, had her third baby on June 21st, 2015.

Look for the cute baby (sex unknown as of yet) with the white curly hair. Come for a visit before its coat changes to its regular adult coloration....

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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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Meet the Ocelots

The newest addition to our Zoo, the Ocelot Exhibit and Education Center, has opened, and our breeding pair of ocelots would like to meet you! Just behind the Colors of the Amazon Aviary and across from the camels, the new exhibit promises to be a highlight of your trip to the Zoo.

The ocelots are still shy and getting used to their new home, but you can usually spot one of our new furry friends lounging about. With the opening of the Ocelot Exhibit, the Colors of the Amazon Aviary has also re-opened...

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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...
It's Boo Time at the Santa Ana Zoo!
OC's Premier Halloween Event for Kids

Mark your calendars, grab your costumes, and join us for our annual "merry not scary" Boo at the Zoo! The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo and B.P.O. Elks Santa Ana Lodge #794 present the 25th Annual Boo at the Zoo located at the Santa Ana Zoo, "Home of the 50 Monkeys." The event will take place from 5:30 PM to 8 PM on Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18; Saturday, October 24; Sunday, October 25; and Friday, October 30, rain or shine.

Boo at the Zoo is one of Orange County's longest-running Halloween events, providing a fun, safe, and family-friendly event for trick-or-treaters and children of all ages who love to wear costumes and embrace the Halloween spirit!

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