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General media inquiries/location filming/photography
Jennifer Zacharias, JZPR
Phone: (805) 886-9078

Press Photos

To request images: Email Jennifer Zacharias, JZPR.

Please include the name of your publication, a description of the images you would like to receive, and the desired format. We will determine if your request meets our guidelines and respond to your email promptly.

Media FAQs

I am a member of the press. How do I arrange a visit?

If you are actively working on a story, the Zoo will waive your admission fee. Contact Jennifer Zacharias, JZPR, via email or phone: (805) 886-9078.

I need to interview someone for a story. Who do I call?

Jennifer Zacharias, JZPR: (805) 886-9078 or email your request.

I’m working on a print/video story. Do you have any photographs or video I can use?

We have a variety of visuals for use by press. For photos, please see below. Please email Jennifer Zacharias, JZPR, for more info.

I’d like to shoot a commercial video/television project at the Zoo. Is there a fee?

We do allow commercial shooting at the Zoo, and we do charge a fee. Fees are determined on a case-by-case basis; please see our filming guidelines for more information.

I am a student working on a school project. Can I get a tour of the Zoo or talk to a keeper?

We appreciate your interest in the Zoo! Due to the high number of requests, we can only make tours and staff available for professional press. But please feel free to make use of the information on this website for your project.

I am a photography student and want to come take photos of animals. Can I do that?

Only photographers on professional assignment are allowed free admission, but students may take photos of the animals for project use only; for resale or professional uses, please see our Filming Guidelines. Students must pay admission.

How do I request tickets for donation to a charitable cause?

If your nonprofit organization is holding a fundraiser, the Santa Barbara Zoo may be able to help by donating two guest passes to be auctioned or raffled off. More information can be found here.

I am a blogger and would like to bring my family to the Zoo and then write about it on my blog. Do you provide passes?

Passes for bloggers/influencers are granted based on the following criteria. Blog must:

  • Currently have at least 10,000 followers
  • Have been in existence at least one year from date of request
  • Be professionally presented and have significant amount of written content
  • Focus on travel, animals, or parenting

Blog sites are reviewed to ensure that their content is in line with the Zoo’s mission, and requests can be refused on that basis. If accepted, the blogger receives one pass for themselves and one guest pass. Any additional admissions must be paid.

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