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Santa Barbara Zoo

Asian Elephants (Sujatha and Little Mac) at Santa Barbara Zoo during sunset,  Santa Barbara,  Southern California

Santa Barbara Zoo is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, just minutes from the Waterfront. It's the first zoo we've ever visited that has the Pacific Ocean and mountains as a backdrop — what a great home for the animals!

Although quite small and compact compared to most, the Santa Barbara Zoo is rated as one of the best small zoos in the nation.

See more than 500 animals in their natural habitats, including African Lions, Asian Elephants, Giraffes, Leopards, Lemurs, Monkeys — and all your favorites. Attractions include the Zoo Train, Barnyard, Carousel, Giraffe and Lorikeet Feedings... fun for kids and adults alike!

Chilean Flamingos at Santa Barbara Zoo, Southern California

Zoo Exhibits
Visit the Santa Barbara Zoo's web site for more info on current, ongoing and upcoming major exhibits.

We like the elegant Chilean Flamingos and the cute Humboldt Penguins (found along the Pacific coast of South America from Peru to Chile).

Close-up of one of the Asian Elephants at Santa Barbara Zoo in Southern California

Asian Elephants
Head over to the Elephant overlook and check out the zoo's two female Asian Elephants — Sujatha and Little Mac.

Santa Barbara Zoo sign at main entrance - Southern California

Fun Event Location
The Santa Barbara Zoo is a FUN place to host a Corporate Event or Private Party. Enjoy strolling through the zoo at your leisure. Set up private Giraffe Feedings and ride the Wine Train. Enjoy catered events and live entertainment — make it an event to be remembered. We attended a private event here and it was a blast!

The Zoo also offers special Birthday Party packages for children aged 2-12.

Contact the Santa Barbara Zoo for more info on hosting a Corporate Event or Private Party.

Asian Elephant at Santa Barbara Zoo,  Southern California



No... this isn't a picture of a scary monster, it's a Giraffe's tongue — you won't believe how long it is!

Giraffe's tongue - you won't believe how long it is!

Giraffe Feedings
Feeding the Giraffe was the highlight of our zoo visit.

Barry feeding the Giraffe at Santa Barbara Zoo, Southern California

Get up close to the Giraffes as they sweep their treats right out of your hand with their long tongues — it's one of those unique animal experiences that you gotta try at least once :)

Alana feeding the Giraffe at Santa Barbara Zoo in Southern California

Giraffee Feeding Sign at Santa Barbara Zoo, So. California

Note: Feeding schedule is flexible based on the giraffes' behavior and cannot be guaranteed. Check at the admissions gate for feeding times upon arrival at the zoo.

Private Party on the Zoo Train - Santa Barbara Zoo, Southern California

Wine Train
Ride the little Wine Train along the perimeters of the zoo. It's a short ride — and depending on the time of day, you can see some of the animals along the way.

Zoo Train at Santa Barbara Zoo, So California

Zoo Hours
Open 10am-5pm
Thanksgiving Day 10am-3pm
Closed Christmas Day


More Info
Santa Barbara Zoo

500 Niños Drive
Santa Barbara

Info: 805-962-6310


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