Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Niños Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
The Santa Barbara Zoo is a short distance east from Stern's Wharf. In a beautiful garden setting, visit 500 animals on 30 acres.
The Santa Barbara Zoo is home to 160
species of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. More than 500 animals
are exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats.
From African lions, Baringo giraffes,
lemurs, meerkats, gorillas, gibbions, penguins, birds, fish and more-
the Santa Barbara Zoo provides a living view from nearly every portion
of the planet.
The entire Zoo comprises thirty acres
of botanic gardens, formal gardens and lawns, native plants and trees,
cacti and succulents, ornamentals, exotic species and less formal
plantings arranged throughout the park to recreate natural habitats.
The Santa Barbara Zoo is located approximately 30 minutes from Ventura, 50 minutes from Solvang and 90 minutes from Los Angeles.
Transportation to the Zoo:
Shuttle: While it is not
suggested for the average tourist to walk (or jog) the distance, for 25¢
a person, the Downtown Waterfront Shuttle will take you from the
entrance of Stern's Wharf to the entrance of the Santa Barbara Zoo. The
shutle runs a;pmg State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard.
Bus: The Zoo is also served by Bus Line 14.
Car: From U.S. 101, take either
the Milpas Street or Hot Springs Road/Cabrillo Boulevard exit to
Cabrillo Boulevard. Turn towards the mountains at Niños Drive.
Parking Fee: Zoo parking is $3 per car. Parking is free for Zoo members and reserved groups.
Adults are $10 (ages 13-59) and seniors
are $8 (over 60). Children between ages 2-12 are $8 each, and children
under 2 are free. Zoo visits can be free by becoming a Zoo member. Call
805-962-5339 for more information.
The Santa Barbara Zoo is open everyday
from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., except Thanksgiving and CHristmas.
Tickets are sold until 4:00 p.m.
Food & Gifts:
A wide menu selection is available
atthe Ridley-Tree House Restaurant. Choose from a variety of sandwiches,
combinations and kid's menu. Snacks are provided at several locations
throughout the Zoo. There are numerous tables and lawn areas for
picnics. The Zoo also has a gift store atth entrance.
The Santa Barbara Zoo maintains a smoke-free environment.
The Santa Barbara Zoo
The Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
opened its doors to the public in August 1963. The Zoo continues to
serve and fulfill its mission: preservation, conservation, and
enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through
education, research, and recreation.
The Santa Barbara Zoo participates in
the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a vital cooperative conservation
program comprised of American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA)
accredited partner zoos and aquariums.
Over 200 different species are
managed, aimed at maintaining genetic diversity within captive
populations, sustaining these captive populations, and guarding against
The Santa Barbara Zoo is accredited
by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums to help preserve thousands of
animals locally, regionally and around the world through unequaled
wildlife conservation programs.
The Santa Barbara Zoo depends on the
support of the community, not tax dollars, for operations and
improvements. Most zoos are publicly funded municipal operations.
LIFELIKE T. REX A HIT AT SANTA BARBARA ZOO
Visitors Delighted by Dinosaur Designed by Hollywood Create Shop
Summer visitors to the Santa Barbara
Zoo are delighted with its newest resident: a life-sized, adolescent
Tyrannosaurus Rex that runs, roars, snorts, blinks, growls and even
poops in the show "How to Train Your Dinosaur" running three times
[See You Tube video at
Fifteen-feet from nose-to-tail and 7-feet tall, this
amazingly lifelike dinosaur, named “Duncan,” was designed by the Chiodo
Brothers, one of Hollywood’s top creature shops ("Dinner for Schmucks,"
During the family-friendly 15-minute lively show, the human
hosts introduce Duncan and attempt to demonstrate the special care
received by the Zoo’s animals – with hilarious results. Just as keepers
have trained the Zoo’s gorillas to allow their teeth to be brushed,
Duncan is given a chance to improve his oral hygiene. But it’s going to
take a lot of patience and positive reinforcement, just like with pets
at home and the Zoo’s animals, before he is trained.
“Duncan is a perfect example of the evolution of an idea,”
said Zoo CEO Rich Block. “We wanted to give our guests a
behind-the-scenes look at the ways we work with our animals, but in a
fresh and focused way. We can’t bring the gorillas out every day and
show their teeth getting brushed, but we can show Duncan getting the
same positive reinforcement we use with the gorillas and other animals
here at the Zoo. The fun part is – he learns anew every show, as does
"Anytime we can make a dinosaur, we’re happy,” says Edward
Chiodo. “We love dinosaurs, and learn something every time we make one.
This time, we learned more about weight distribution through the way we
had to counterbalance the tail to allow for the head movements.”
Duncan’s designer is Dave Barrington Holt, former Creative Supervisor of
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
Duncan's operator wears the backpack and has full control
of the T. Rex’s actions, including his head and jaw, and tail movements.
Eye blinks are run by a computer program, and he poops from a preloaded
cylinder controlled by the operator. The operator sees ahead via images
from a pinhole video camera located in the tip of Duncan’s nose. The
operator also wears a headset that allows him to make sounds through a
voice synthesizer. Duncan is sponsored by the Duncan Family.
"How to Train Your Dinosaur" is performed daily at 1 p.m., 2
p.m., and 3 p.m. and is free with Zoo admission. For more information,
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The Crawford Family Penguin House
Opened in June 2006, the former California sea lion exhibit
is now home to 14 Humboldt penguins and five Inca terns. The penguin
exhibit offers both above-ground and underwater viewing, as well as
nesting boxes built in for future breeding possibilities. The adjacent
aviary currently features five Inca terns, and will be home to more
birds native to the South American area. Humboldts are found along the
Pacific coast of South America from Peru to Chile. (Source: Santa Barbara Zoo)
Pink flamingos argue over territory or mates.
Chilean Flamingo (Breeding)
The Santa Barbara Zoo recently had its first successful
hatching of Chilean flamingos in ten years. The Zoo's 33 adult
flamingos produced 14 eggs in 13 nests (an additional egg was placed in
an incubator). From those eggs, five hatched. The flamingos are on
exhibit directly across from the lemurs at the Flamingo Pool. At first,
the chicks have downy gray plumage but soon grow and obtain their
distinctive pinkish coloration. (Source: Santa Barbara Zoo)
Giraffes roam in wide open spaces.
Instructional billboards in both English and Spanish.
Exotic birds, parrots and tucans inhabit the lush gardens.
Coming Soon: California Condors (Endangered, SSP, Not Breeding)
As early as 1986, the Zoo's staff veterinarian was
involved with the California condor recovery effort led by the US Fish
and Wildlife Service, and in 1987 Zoo staff was part of the team that
rescued the last bird in the wild. Years of research, care and breeding
have now made it possible for these birds to again soar in their native
habitats - including the Santa Ynez Mountains, which can be seen in a
spectacular panorama from the site of a new Condor exhibit at the Santa
Barbara Zoo. The Zoo will become one of only two facilities where the
public can view these spectacular birds when this exhibit is opened in
the future. (Source: Santa Barbara Zoo)
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