Beautiful and Diverse
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.
“Eeeww!” is some people’s reaction to the creepy crawlies that share our world. These animals – bugs, lizards, toads, spiders, snakes – may seem scary, but are vital to life on earth. Meet a few of the residents of the Zoo’s Eeeww! exhibit.Learn More
These two furry, eucalyptus-loving marsupials are on loan to the Santa Barbara Zoo through April 2019 to bring awareness of the challenges facing not only koalas but many Australian species.Learn More
With the opening of California Trails on Earth Day 2009, the Santa Barbara Zoo became one of a handful of zoos to exhibit these
highly endangered scavengers – the largest land birds in North America.
Seeing spots? The tails tell the tale. Look at the Zoo’s snow leopards’ tails to tell them apart. Everett’s is skinny at the base, and then full. Zoe’s is full from the base of her tail to its tip.Learn More
Cats of Africa opened in 2003 with African lions Chadwick and Gingerbread, who later had two cubs from two different litters. Other lions have also lived here, but Chadwick is now the only resident. Find out why below.Learn More
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.