Beautiful and Diverse

Our 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.

Barnyard Animals


Radiated Tortoise

Island Fox

Asian Small-clawed Otter

Chilean Flamingo

African Lion

White-Handed Gibbon

Western Pond Turtle

Amur Leopard


Slender-tailed Meerkats

Snow Leopard

California Condor

Giant Anteater

Masai Giraffe

Humboldt Penguin

American Alligator

Western Lowland Gorilla

Bald Eagle


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 captive populations, sustaining these captive 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 many behind-the-scenes experiences, and choose the best option for you and/or your family.