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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 962-5339, ext. 154 for more info.