Snow Leopard

Their long tails act as scarves in cold weather.

 

Toys4Animals

Animals love toys, too. Support the Zoo's animal enrichment program.

 

Adorable Aussies

Ambassador-able koalas
are at the Zoo through April 2019.

 

Western Pond Turtle

This handsome reptile is California's only native freshwater turtle.

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Today at the Zoo

Wednesday January 23, 2019 |

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

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Live Stage Shows

Performances at noon and 2 p.m.

Play Area

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

Giraffe Feeding

Get up close and personal with the tallest residents of the Zoo!

What’s New at the Zoo

Elephant Update

What’s up with Little Mac?

Condor Conservation

Learn more about these endangered beauties

Zoo Field Trips

Bring your herd to the Zoo

Donate Browse

Your green waste is a gorilla’s meal!

Upcoming Events at the Zoo

Sat 26

Explorer Fundays: Cork Flamingos

January 26 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

52 Weeks of Fun!

Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages! Create your own flamboyant flamingo out of a cork.

Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Explore Store.

Cost: free with Zoo admission 

Sun 27

Explorer Fundays: Cork Flamingos

January 27 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

52 Weeks of Fun!

Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages! Create your own flamboyant flamingo out of a cork.

Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Explore Store.

Cost: free with Zoo admission 

Sun 27

Job and Volunteer Expo

January 27 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Are you looking for an unforgettable seasonal job or volunteer experience? Check out the annual Santa Barbara Zoo Job and Volunteer Expo, where you’ll learn all about the Zoo’s employment and volunteer opportunities!

Employment opportunities include the award-winning Guest Experience Specialist (GES) program, as well as other positions such as: Educator (seasonal and regular), Home School Instructor, Event Coordinator, Special Event Host, Animal Experience Attendant, Climbing Wall Monitor, Train Engineer, and show performer for the Zoo’s stage Dino and California Tales shows.

 Volunteer opportunities include Docents, Keeper Aides, Counselor in Training, Jr. Docents, and Jr. Ambassador programs.

Note: Intended to be a “first job” for youth, GES positions are available to those as young as 14 who may rotate between jobs in three areas: guest services, restaurants, and retail stores. In addition to their job duties, participants are introduced to work ethics and basic skills, such as how to provide excellent customer service, and learn about the world of zoos, animal care, conservation, and much more.

No reservations or appointments are necessary. Parking is free for participants, and check-in is at the front gate. Parents/guardians of teens are welcome.

For more information, check out our current job listings and volunteer opportunities

Cost: free

Feb 02

Explorer Fundays: Magazine Heart Lion

February 2 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

52 Weeks of Fun!

Stop by the Explore Store for an easy craft that’s fun for all ages! Show off your pride and love by making a lion out of magazines.

Explorer Fundays activities are held every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Explore Store.

Cost: free with Zoo admission 

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Animals

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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Conservation

Conservation

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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Membership

Membership

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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Weddings

Weddings

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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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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