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Today at the Zoo

Saturday August 17, 2019 |

We're currently closed. Today's Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Live Stage Shows

Performances at noon , 1:30 and 3 PM

Play Area

A place to let your little ‘animals’ run wild!

Zoo Train

Take a ride on the Zoo’s C.P. Huntington miniature train.

What’s New at the Zoo

Asian Elephant

What’s going on with Little Mac?

Condor Conservation

Learn more about these endangered beauties

Zoofari Ball XXXIV

This year’s theme is summer camp. Make your reservation today!

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Upcoming Events at the Zoo

Sat 17

Safari Sleepover

August 17 6:30 PM - August 18 10:30 AM

2019 Family Safari Sleepovers: June 22, July 20, and August 17

Going on safari doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money, packing a lot of gear, or traveling internationally. Go on a Safari Sleepover and enjoy adventure, exotic animals, and lots of fun right here in Santa Barbara! Your family will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, train rides, movies, games, a pizza dinner, and a pancake breakfast after you’ve spent the night at the Zoo.

Cost $75/person, $65/person for SB Zoo Members. Register online.

Thu 22

Autism Safari Nights

August 22 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Drop the kids off to play while you connect with other parents of kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children will enjoy a movie, reading corner, bounce house, and sensory activities while parents eat, drink, and mingle.

Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase, so you can take a night off from making dinner too! The Zoo’s gift shop will be open and offers sensory backpacks for sale.

Advance registration required. Childcare provided at no cost by UCSB Koegel Autism Center. Zoo restaurant offers gluten-free items.

Cost: Free. SOLD OUT. To get on the waitlist, please contact JJ McLeod.

Sat 24

Zoofari Ball XXXIV: Summer Camp

August 24 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Join us for the biggest “fun”raiser of the year…Zoofari Ball. This event combines dinner, dancing, and supporting the animals at the  Santa Barbara Zoo. Zoofari usually sells out in advance, so make your reservations early! A fundraiser benefiting your Zoo and your planet.

Sep 26

Zoo School: Fall Semester Begins

September 26 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join our hands-on, experiential program for early education learners (3–5) and homeschool students (ages 3–15). Our interactive approach fulfills California standards by introducing age-specific content and developing research skills. Over each 8-week session, students explore as field biologists, recording observations, evaluating problems, and developing solutions.

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The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats. If you can’t visit us in person, you can find out more about some of our animals here.

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You’re probably aware of the good work that the Santa Barbara Zoo does with our own animals. However, many people are not aware of the work we do in the wild.

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As a Santa Barbara Zoo Member, you are part of a network of thousands of individuals and families who support the Zoo’s mission of preserving, conserving, and enhancing the natural world and its living treasures.

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Birthday Parties

Birthday Parties

The Santa Barbara Zoo offers unique birthday party packages for children 12 & under, and the grown-ups will have a great time too!

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Make your wedding unforgettable at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Guests will enjoy nearly 30 acres of lush gardens, majestic ocean views, and our incredible animals.

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California Tales

California Tales

Two Different Live Shows: “California Tales: Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies” and “Dino Doc”

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Santa Barbara Zoo Presents

Really interesting stories about animals from really interesting people.

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About the Santa Barbara Zoo

Our Mission

The Santa Barbara Zoo is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation.

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