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The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park

The Zoo's mission is to instill passion for the natural world through education, recreation and conservation. The 20-acre site focuses on the animals and plants of Central and South America, with 249 animals representing 92 species, and an expansive plant collection. Exhibits and programming highlights include:

  • Children's Zoo
  • Amazon's Edge
  • Colors of The Amazon Aviary
  • School Tours
  • Weekend Family Classes
  • Scout Programs
  • Roar & Snore Sleepovers
  • Zoo Camp

The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park opened in 1952. It is owned and operated by the City of Santa Ana, with operations and funding support by the "Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo" (FOSAZ) society. Click here for FOSAZ 2005 Event Calendar

Gates Open 10:00 a.m.
Gates Close 4:00 p.m.
Grounds Close 5:00 p.m.

The Santa Ana Zoo is open daily except Christmas Day and New Years Day

Adults (13+) $6.00
Children (3-12) $3.00
Seniors (61+) $3.00

FOSAZ members, disabled persons and children 2 and under are FREE.

Telephone Numbers
Recorded Zoo Information: (714) 835-7484
Education Department (714) 647-6575
Giftshop (714) 542-9650
FOSAZ (714) 953-8555

1801 E. Chestnut Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92701


ZOOFARI 2005 – “Jammin’ in the Jungle”

On Saturday, August 27, the beating of drums will resound throughout the Santa Ana Zoo as calls of the wild attract a new breed of animal. Indescribable party animals and tropical Birds of Paradise will descend upon fantastic festivities at the Zoo. This enchanted evening will mark the wild 13th annual dinner and dance celebration, Zoofari 2005, with a very appropriately named theme, “Jammin’ in the Jungle.” The music starts at 5:30 PM as partygoers begin to arrive in astonishing outfits worn only by jungle kings and queens. The jammin’ continues as guests start sipping “Jungle Juice” and participate in an amazing silent auction. As the evening progresses through to midnight, fire jugglers, mystic seers, and a unique tattoo artist will help to ensure that everyone will have a mystical, magical, and musical time!

What kind of self-respecting party animal wouldn’t want to engage in this spectacular jammin’ event? Not only will guests be guaranteed a tropical paradise experience, but they will also be assisting in upgrading and expanding the Santa Ana Zoo. Guests should come prepared for a divine event of dining and dancing under the stars at the Santa Ana Zoo, with an open bar compliments of “Vox Vodka” and a sit-down dinner served by “Parties by Panache.” The Master of Ceremonies, Chuck Dreyer, will keep the party jammin’ by conducting a live auction and presenting the evening’s honorees: Cathy and Curtis Farrell (President of Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo) and Souri Amirani (Deputy City Engineer).

This year’s Zoofari promises to be the best event ever, and with the generous support of those in attendance, the Santa Ana Zoo will provide an even better recreational and educational facility for all of Orange County.

Come all of you party animals and dance the evening away with Tom Thumb and the Hitchhikers. Also, enjoy the opportunity for photos with the Zoo’s exotic animals. Tickets for the event are $150 per person and can be purchased by contacting the Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo at (714) 953-8555 x. 13.