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“Endangered Amur Leopards here!”
Review of Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Barbara Zoo
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Owner description: This zoo with a view was once a posh estate owned by a coffee and tea merchant; now it's the lush domain of more than 500 animals representing 160 species. The pink stucco mansion that once presided over manicured lawns and gardens is gone—replaced by open-air habitats built for the less refined but still exacting tastes of giraffes, elephants, gibbons, snow leopards and gorillas. What hasn't changed is the surrounding scenery; the Pacific and Santa Ynez Mountains are just as spectacular as they were back when this was the setting for civilized galas instead of the wild antics of monkeys and meerkats.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

This is a nice small zoo, with large zoo quality exhibits and unique species at peril in the wild that are being conserved here in partnership with world wide network of wildlife conservation organizations such as WCF. Easy parking

Thank robgriffith5365
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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks, Rob. Please check out the cover story in last week Santa Barbara Independent on Amur leopards. It has some terrific photos of Ajax and Wyatt. Fingers are crossed for cubs later this year.

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

This is a small and beautiful zoo, easy to see most everything in an afternoon. We had closeup views of gorillas, giraffes, lions and many other creatures. When our feet got tired, we hitched a ride around the perimeter on the photo-worthy little train. A fun outing, well worth a visit!

Thank Curlyque99
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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Thanks, Curlyque. Many kids say our train is their favorite "animal at the zoo!"

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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Located directly across the street from Santa Barbara’s East Beach, this should be on everyone’s “must do” list for visitors with children. It is small and easily walkable, with a nice assortment of animals. There is a train ride around the perimeter of the zoo and giraffe feeding. A big hit with our young ones is an AstroTurf sliding hill (bring your own cardboard or there are usually pieces left behind). Lunch on a lovely grassy slope overlooking the Pacific. A great place to visit!

Thank TrvlAgtRet
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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Thanks for the kind words and support!

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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

It is difficult to review the zoo because I guess it’s kind of cute for what it is. What it is is a very, very small zoo that would be a nice day trip for families with very young children who tend to tire out and get cranky very easily.

We got through the entire zoo in under two hours, and we really took her time. The zoo is also a bit pricey for how small it is. There are no healthy food choices, and feeding the giraffes costs eight dollars.

I would not recommend this zoo for zoo lovers or for families with older children. But if you are looking for something to do for a couple hours with young children, this would be the zoo for you.

Thank jlormeau
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

While this zoo is not large, it is charming. A great place for children, easy to see all the animals in a day, lovely places to picnic AND a charming miniature train ride around the perimeter. Factor in the (usually) beautiful weather and superb location and you have a perfect family outing!

Thank Jacqueline G
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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Thanks, Jacqueline!

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