IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DECEMBER 5 REGIONAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS, THE SANTA BARBARA ZOO IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED AS OF MONDAY, DECEMBER 7. 

December 5, 2020 (Santa Barbara, CA) – In accordance with the new regional stay-at-home orders, along with state and local public health officials, the Santa Barbara Zoo will close temporarily to the public, effective Monday, December 7.

Only essential Zoo employees will continue to report to work, in order to care for the animals and facility. Zoo officials will continue to stay in close communication with public health officials and follow the updates closely, and will re-evaluate next steps following their guidance and directives. 

While the Zoo will be temporarily closed, the community is encouraged to visit our website as well as our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) as a way to enjoy the Zoo from the comfort of home. We will continue to communicate any changes via their website, emails, and social media channels as new information becomes available. We look forward to welcoming the public back once it’s safe again, and we appreciate the community’s ongoing support. The Santa Barbara Zoo remains dedicated to the welfare of the nearly 500 animals that are in their care, and saving animals in the wild through local conservation efforts. If you would like to help, we are gratefully accepting donations to its emergency fund, please click here. For updated County health info, visit the Santa Barbara County Health website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Zoo open?

The Zoo is temporarily closed as of Monday, December 7 until further notice due to the December 5 regional stay-at-home notice. Updates will be posted on our website and social media.

I already purchased admission tickets/train tickets online to visit this month, can I reschedule/get a refund?

You may use your tickets once we reopen or donate the funds to the Zoo. We will notify you once we reopen and honor your purchased tickets. 

Will my Zoo membership be affected?

If you are a Santa Barbara Zoo Member with an active membership as of December 7, 2020,  your membership will be updated to reflect the amount of time that we are closed.

How can I support the Zoo while it's closed?

There are multiple ways you can still support the Zoo while we are closed. Donate to the Zoo’s emergency fund, buy a gift membership, or shop our holiday gift ideas. When we are temporarily closed, we lose 97% of the Zoo’s operating budget. The animals and staff thank you!

Is Early Explorers still happening?

Yes. Because the program is held outdoors, the County regulations allow it. 

If I’m not comfortable sending my child, can I get a refund? Please contact our education team at education@sbzoo.org or (805) 962-5339, ext. 154 for more info.

Is Outdoor Ed still happening?

Yes. Because the program is held outdoors, the county regulations allow it. 

If I’m not comfortable sending my child, can I get a refund? Please contact our education team at education@sbzoo.org or (805) 962-5339, ext. 154 for more info.