You’re probably aware of the good work that the Santa Barbara Zoo does with our own animals. However, many people are not aware of the work we do in the wild.
Back from the Brink
The Santa Barbara Zoo is a partner in the heroic effort to save California condors in the wild.
Intensive monitoring of each wild condor nest allows SB Zoo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and partner organizations to administer emergency aid to chicks in need.
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After administering vaccinations to a 60-day old wild chick in its nest, a Santa Barbara Zoo vet ascends a sheer cliff face.
By picking up small trash items in the wilderness, Santa Barbara Zoo staff and volunteers prevent condors from unwittingly feeding these items to their chicks.
Check out California condor conservation in action!
Unique & Endangered
Island foxes on six of the eight California Channel Islands are recovering well from near extinction just ten years ago.
A Santa Barbara Zoo staff member assists the National Park Service in monitoring released Channel Island foxes.
Knowledge and Understanding
The Santa Barbara Zoo was the first institution to breed foxes on the mainland, allowing us to add to our natural history knowledge of this rare species.
Santa Barbara Zoo veterinary staff are on-call to assist with procedures and emergencies on the Islands.
In Our Own Backyard
Nearly one-third of amphibians worldwide – almost 2,000 species – are threatened with extinction. Many are in our own backyard.
Monitoring & Research
Santa Barbara Zoo staff assist the United States Forest Service in monitoring threatened and endangered species in the Los Padres National Forest.
Santa Barbara Zoo staff place an exclosure around a red-legged frog egg mass to protect it from predation by invasive species.
For more information, to volunteer, or to otherwise support our work, please contact Dr. Estelle Sandhaus, Director of Conservation and Research by phone, (805) 962-5339, ext. 192 or email.
The Santa Barbara Zoo is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation.