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Santa Barbara Zoo General Admission

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    Visit: Santa Barbara Zoo, 500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798

    Known as “one of the world’s most beautiful zoos,” the Santa Barbara Zoo is located on 30 acres of botanic gardens and is home to nearly 500 individual animals. The giraffes have a view of beach volleyball, due to its location on a hill overlooking popular East Beach, as well as the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands, Santa Ynez Mountains, and city of Santa Barbara. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), representing the highest level of animal care, and participates in AZA endangered species programs for Asian Elephant, Amur Leopard, and Western Lowland Gorilla, among others. California Trails exhibit features endangered or threatened animals from the Golden State, including rare California Condors, Channel Island Foxes, and Desert Tortoises. African species include Lions, Masai Giraffes, Slender-Tailed Meerkats, and Western Lowland Gorillas. Asian Small-Clawed Otters, Giant Anteaters, Golden Lion Tamarins, and both Amur and Snow Leopards are visitor favorites. Bird fans flock to see the zoo’s Humboldt Penguins, Chilean Flamingos, and two walk-through aviaries.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We spent a half day at the zoo with two young grandsons -- and were very impressed: by the layout, by the staff, by the collection of animals and birds, and by the various activities that were kid-centered add-ons. Just a delightful experience for those...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Trup
    Reviewed 4 July 2019

    So many memories of coming here in the 70's with my young daughter!!! Here we are in 1978! So peaceful and well-cared for back then.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank JoeyNarciso
    Reviewed 24 June 2019 via mobile

    It was an interesting experience We enjoyed all the animals especially the monkeys I would highly recommend a visit there

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Jorge M
    Reviewed 15 June 2019

    Wow, what a great place to visit. I know your thinking its a zoo but its more. The views were amazing. The staff was personable. Bring your tennis shoes for the uphill walks. The animals were fun to visit.

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank sonic1us
    Reviewed 26 May 2019

    None of this review is directed towards the staff. I had a group of sixteen students and we arrived early. We were a school group but not officially (my email requests had gone unanswered) but we were let in with the other school groups just...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    2  Thank eliz375
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