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The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 146 species of mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects. More than 400 animals live in open, naturalistic habitats. If you can’t visit us in person, you can learn more about some of the animals at the Zoo here, or check out our live webcams.

Amur Leopard

Chilean Flamingo

Western Lowland Gorilla

red panda eating bamboo leaves

Red Panda

Giant Anteater

Asian Small-Clawed Otter

Island Fox

Australian Walkabout


Radiated Tortoise

African Lion

White-Handed Gibbon

Western Pond Turtle

Slender-tailed Meerkats

Snow Leopard

California Condor

Masai Giraffe

Humboldt Penguin

Chinese Alligator


Species Survival Plans

The Santa Barbara Zoo is one of the 220+ accredited zoos and aquariums that participate in Species Survival Plans (SSP), a cooperative conservation program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). More than 200 different species are managed, aimed at maintaining genetic diversity within AZA populations, sustaining these populations, and guarding against extinction.


Meet the Animals

Have you always wanted to get just a little bit closer to the animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo? Well, you can! Take a look at our animal encounters, and choose the best option for you and/or your family.

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103