7 Fun Facts about the Santa Barbara Zoo


Landlocked Zoo boasts Million-Dollar views and Great Entertainment

With million-dollar views all around, the Santa Barbara Zoo arranges a landlocked space into a wonderland of animals, entertainment, education, and conservation. These are just a few of the best things to see and do at the zoo.

Michael Gets His Feed On

Michael the Giraffe being fed lettuce on the deck

1.  Say Hi to the Masai

Masai giraffes are the largest giraffe species—the zoo currently houses 4 giraffes. With the help of an inter-zoo breeding program, the zoo has birthed 4 calves and one more due this spring. Here is Michael, the male, being fed at the Giraffe Deck.

2.  Go Wild at the Zoo Brew

The annual summer beer festival is a fundraiser for the zoo, providing a safe and fun place to taste beer and relax. Local and national beers are featured along with catering. It is a great afternoon of animals, beer, friends, and fun.

4 Princesses

4 Princesses at the annual Boo at the Zoo

  3.  Boo!!! at the Zoo

Halloween—parents are always looking for a fun and safe environment for the holiday. The zoo hosts a weekend filled with games, trick or treating, costumes, and family fun. For three nights parents can take their children to trick or treat from local businesses and non-profits donating their time and treats as well as pictures with costumed volunteers. It is always a fun night.

4.  Stone Lions from the Child Estate

Taking the train around the park, two stone lions appear flanking the veterinary cells. These stone lions were once part of the original estate, Vegamar, which once inhabited the land. There are also other stone animals throughout the zoo that were saved from the estate

Santa Barbara Zoo Weddings

The Palms Garden, set-up for the I DO

5.  I Do: Weddings at the Zoo

Need a beautiful wedding site? The zoo boasts great views of the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The feature sites, the Palm Garden and the Hilltop, are lush and intriguing as well as inviting.




6.  Soaring with the California Condors

A living exhibit, the condors are housed in a large aviary, complete with cave and dead trees. After near extinction in the 1980s, the zoo  partnered in the recovery of the species and will help care for and foster birds. The exhibit opened in 2009. The birds have a 9-foot wing span and guests can see how their arms measure up against a mural across from the habitat.

7.  Lucky the Humboldt Penguin

Lucky is a featured resident of the zoo. He was born with a broken foot and unable to swim properly. The zoo approached Teva—the sandal company—and they created a special shoe just for him. He is also the    only Humboldt penguin at the zoo with a name. You can even buy his story as children’s book in the Zoo Giftshop

Lucky the Penguin out for a swim

Lucky is taking a much needed swim. It is only a few times a day Lucky comes out but when he does it is so worth it.



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Sarah Villalobos

Sarah transplanted to Santa Barbara from the Mojave Desert. She spends her spare time with her daughter in all the fun ways. Random historical facts and sharing those with people bring her joy. Her passions are her daughter, swimming, sharks, tattoos, movies, and reading.

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