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Vulture Awareness Day

Sunday, August 31
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Soar on over to the Zoo for a fun-filled day of all things vulture! These feathered friends might get a bad rap, but they are essential to maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Join us to celebrate with crafts, games, activities, and keepers talks. You’ll find out more about the vultures at the Zoo, their counterparts in the wild, and what conservationists and YOU can do to help!

Cost: free with Zoo admission.



Volunteer Expo

Saturday, September 6
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Do you love animals? Are you nuts about nature? Find out how you can join the Zoo team at our annual Volunteer Expo. Volunteer opportunities include: Keeper Aide, Docent, Plant Care & Browse Garden Team, Zoo Teens, Service Enhancement Team, Administrative, and Conservation Support Team. Team members from all departments will be available to discuss the exciting possibilities of becoming a Zoo volunteer. 

Cost: free.


cal vultureAt the Watering Hole: "The California Condor Recovery"

Thursday, September 25
5:45 - 7:15 p.m. (Volentine Family Gallery opens at 5:00 p.m.)

By 1982, the California condor teetered on the brink of extinction; only 22 birds remained in the world. The last wild California condor was captured at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in 1987.  Following an unprecedented multi-agency captive breeding and reintroduction effort, the condor is well on its way to recovery with more than 230 flying free.  Join us in a rare opportunity to hear from biologists who are on the front lines of the condor recovery effort in the California backcountry!

Cost: $10 Non-members, $8 SB Zoo Members. Enjoy appetizers and a cash beer & wine bar. Buy tickets at the Zoo or online.


cal bigdayBIG Day featuring the Tonka Truck Activation Team

Sunday, September 28
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  (9:00 a.m. early entrance for SB Zoo Members and early entrance for anyone who shows a Toyota or Scion automobile key at the front gate) 

The Santa Barbara Zoo celebrates some of its biggest, most awesome animals -- elephants, giraffes, condors, and more -- through keeper talks, activities, and demonstrations.  On the Zoo’s hilltop, the big, burly Tonka T-Rex, 2014 rescue-themed Tonka Tundra, and the Gazillion Bubbles Bubble Blowing Car are on display, and there are raffles to win toys from Tonka, My Little Pony, and Pound Puppies.Tonka stickers, posters, and more are given away to lucky Zoo guests at this BIG event!

Cost: free with Zoo admission. Regular prices apply for parking when admitted with automobile key and not a current SB Zoo Member.



Member Morning

Saturday, October 4
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. For SB Zoo Members and Foster Feeders only. 

Wake up with the animals and enjoy the quiet, early-morning hours at the beautiful Santa Barbara Zoo. Keeper talks and up-close animal encounters make this a great family event. Breakfast available for purchase at the Ridley-Tree restaurant.

Cost: free. 



At the Watering Hole: "Why Zoos Matter: Zoos and Conservation"

Thursday, October 16
5:45 - 7:15 p.m. (Volentine Family Gallery opens at 5:00 p.m.)

Is there a place for zoos and aquariums in today’s world or are they just an anachronism as their most vocal critics claim?  Rich Block, the Santa Barbara Zoo's CEO, explores some important dimensions of zoos and aquariums unrecognized by much of the public and rarely acknowledged by those who advocate closing these institutions.

Cost: $10 Non-members, $8 SB Zoo Members. Enjoy appetizers and a cash beer & wine bar. Buy tickets at the Zoo or online.



boo page3Boo at the Zoo

Friday, October 24, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 25, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 26, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Have a spooktacularly good time as the Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-­or-treating during this merry-not-too-scary event. Features monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick or Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, nightly Costume Parade, Ghoulish Goodies, and more. Boo at the Zoo is the most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area!

Cost: $15/adults, $10 children 2-12; SB Zoo Members get $1 off. Boo-Choo-Choo tickets not included in admission price; sold separately on day of event on first-come, first-served basis. Tickets go on sale September 2.

Early Closure for all three dates: General admission ticket sales end at 2:30 p.m., membership admission ends at 3:00 p.m., Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.


cal citripSanta Barbara Zoo Explore Trips: Channel Islands Adventure

November 8-11

Looking to build leadership skills in a vigorous, outdoor setting? Join us on the Channel Islands to kayak coves and caves, snorkel pristine kelp forests, and hike the island mountains! We will learn about the dynamics of island ecosystems, and our role in conserving these delicate habitats. Departure from Channel Islands Harbor in Ventura.

For teens 13-18. Cost: $385 per person. $100 deposit required by October 15 to secure spot; full balance due November 1.

For more information or to register, call the education department at (805) 962-5339, ext. 148 or 
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Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

Thursday, November 27
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Animal lovers are encouraged to get the kids out of the house this Thanksgiving and come to the Zoo for a smashin’ good time!  Watch as the elephants, gorillas, and other Zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins.

Cost: free with Zoo admission.

Early Closure: General admission ticket sales end at 2:30 p.m., membership admission ends at 3:00 p.m., Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.



cal snow leopardSnow Leopard Festival/Sledding at the Zoo

Sunday, December 7
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (early entrance at 9:00 a.m. for SB Zoo Members)

Learn about the beautiful and endangered snow leopards and how to save them at this one-of-a-kind family festival. Kids sled down the Zoo’s “mini-Himalayan” mountains while parents “chill.” There are also snow-related arts and crafts and more. Plus, Santa returns for photos in the Kallman Family Children’s Garden.

Cost: Festival is free with Zoo admission. Additional fee for all-day access to snow areas. 



cal winter campWinter Zoo Camp

December 22, 23, 26, 27, & December 30, 2014 – January 2, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Zoo’s award-winning Zoo Camp has a special program during Winter Break featuring age-appropriate themed programs for kids for ages 3 to 12 and includes games, behind-­the-scenes visits, up-close animal introductions, hands-on science, and crafts.






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