Santa Ana Zoo

Santa Ana Zoo
Santa Ana Zoo is situated in Prentice Park in California. An 8.1 ha zoo, Santa Ana Zoo focuses on housing animals and plants found in Central and South America. The zoo houses over 250 animals with the provision that it maintains at least 50 monkeys at all times as per the request of Joseph Prentice, the founder of the zoo. Actually, the zoo is maintaining an extensive primate collection of more than 12 species from all over the world.

As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Santa Ana focuses on recreation, education, and conservation. As such, Santa Zoo is dedicated in providing excellent care for animals as well as a great experience for the visitors and a better future for all living things.

Santa Ana Zoo hosts more than 270,000 guests annually. The zoo keeps these guests busy with the key exhibits such as Tierra de las Pampas, Amazon’s Edge, Colors of the Amazon Aviary, and Crean Family Farm. Other attractions at the zoo are the Zoofari Express and Conservation Carousel that the kids and kids at heart will definitely enjoy.


Santa Ana Zoo Coupons

The zoo offers various Santa Ana Zoo coupons, discounts and promos that anyone can avail.

Members: Santa Ana Zoo members are offered benefits including free visits for 1 year, 10 to 20% discount on gift shops and events like birthday parties, and free or discounted visit to more than 150 zoos and aquariums in the US. Members are also entitled to attend Member Appreciation Days where free train rides and discounted events and programs are provided.

Groups: Santa Ana Zoo also provides discounted school group rates for public or private schools with a minimum of 10 people. Free guided tours for the teachers before the day of the field trip are also offered.

Resident Free Day: Residents of Santa Ana, who can provide proof of residency like driver’s license and utility bill, will be admitted free of charge. The Free Day happens every 3rd Sunday of the month.


Hotels Near Santa Ana Zoo:

There are many hotels near Santa Ana Zoo to choose from if you intend to stay for the night or extend your visit.
Some of these hotels are the Westin South Coast Plaza, Econo Lodge Inn and Suites, Wyndham Orange County, Budget Inn, Quality Suites, Best Western Plus, Costa Mesa Marriott, La Quinta Inn, and Double Tree Club by Hilton.

No matter which hotel (or inn) you choose, the best part is you will have a place to rest after a tiring day at the zoo and other nearby attractions in Santa Ana.

Zoo Hours

Santa Ana Zoo Hours:

Santa Ana Zoo is open daily. However, it is closed on specific winter holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The zoo is open from 10am to 4pm. The ground closes by 5pm.

Zoo Info

Santa Ana Zoo Prices:

FOSAZ members are free. For non-members, here are the admission rates:

  • Adults (age 13+): $10
  • Seniors (age 60+): $7
  • Children (3–12): $7
  • Children (under age 3): Free

On Mondays thru Fridays, after 2pm, the admission rates will be as follows:

  • Adults (age 13+): $6
  • Seniors (age 60+): $4
  • Children (3–12): $4
  • Children (under age 3): Free

The rate does not apply on holidays.

Groups: Santa Ana Zoo offers a special group reservation rates for public and private schools provided that the booking is conducted 2 weeks in advance. The costs are as follows:
Student (ages 3-12 years): $5
Adult (including teachers): $8


Phone Number: 714-836-4000

Directions: The exact location of Santa Ana Zoo is 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. Santa Ana 92701. The zoo is located off the 5 freeway at First Street. Public transportations are available in going into the zoo.


Santa Ana Zoo Jobs:

Santa Ana Zoo posts jobs in its Employment page from time to time. While there are no current job openings, the zoo needs docents. The Zoo Education Staff is looking for volunteers in helping share the wonders of the animal kingdom with children.
Also, the zoo provides internship and volunteer opportunities though this depends on the need and staff availability.

Anyhow, if you really want to be a part of Santa Ana Zoo, the zoo management encourages applicants to monitor specific areas for job openings. These include City of Santa Ana Job Line at (714) 647-6500 and City of Santa Ana TDD User Relay Line 1 at (800) 735-2929 as well as

Santa Ana has other kid-friendly attractions that you may want to visit. These are Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Lyon Air Museum, Discovery Science Center, and Kellogg House. A visit to these places will definitely add up to the enjoyment that you first experience while visiting Santa Ana Zoo.

Obviously, a Portland visit may not only be a zoo visit. There are other attractions that you may explore. It would be best to bring your kids with you for a more enjoyable day at the zoo among others.