ZOO EVENT CALENDAR 2014
Summer Zoo Camp
June 16 - August 22
Tuesday, August 12
On August 12, 2012, the inaugural World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature. Come learn about what organizations like Wildlife Conservation Society and the International Elephant Foundation are doing to help save elephants, and learn more about the Zoo's elephants too. Enjoy giveaways and elephant-related activities while you marvel at these enormous endangered animals.
Cost: free with Zoo admission.
Saturday, August 23
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.
At the Watering Hole: "The California Condor Recovery"
Thursday, September 25
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.
BIG Day featuring the Tonka Truck Activation Team
Sunday, September 28
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 Carare 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.
Saturday, October 4
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.
Boo at the Zoo
Friday, October 24, 5:30 - 8:30 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.
Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash
Thursday, November 27
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.
Sunday, December 7
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.
December 22, 23, 26, 27, & December 30, 2014 – January 2, 2015