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Santa Barbara Zoo

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Address: 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone Number: 805-962-5339
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Description: This zoo with a view was once a posh estate owned by a coffee and tea...
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.
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The Santa Barbara Zoo is an easy zoo to navigate. Not too big, so you can see everything. Lovely greenery.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Santa Barbara Zoo is an easy zoo to navigate. Not too big, so you can see everything. Lovely greenery.

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Burgaw, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This is a beautiful zoo. Well maintained with nice enclosures. A good variety of species. The train was delightful and we got to learn a lot about the animals that lived here. Feeding the giraffes was also great! I thought the staff was good at answering questions about the animals, roo. I took my 2 year old and went with... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We have one of the best zoo's around! Our kids are grown and now it's on to grand kids and grand nieces and nephews. So much fun! Living as close as we did to the Zoo, my kids practically grew up there! Love re-visiting it now with a new generation!It just keeps getting better

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Good selection of animals, good size, very enjoyable! All the animals were very friendly would defiantly recommend!

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Great place for a visit - small (3 hours should be plenty) which is ideal to fill a morning or afternoon without taking out an entire day. Lovely place with plenty of additional activities (train ride, giraffe feeding, entertainments, playground)

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Santa Monica, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Love this place. Location is beautiful. Nice exhibits and a pretty good variety of animals. The giraffes are our favorite exhibit. Also a great way to see California Condors up close.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The animals have a better view of the ocean than most of us who live here! Outstanding zoo for it's size.

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San Diego, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is a small zoo, coming from the guy who has lived in San Diego for 50 years. Even considering the size, the grounds were very well landscaped and made for a nice walk and the collection that they do have is excellent. We got a better, closer view of lions than I have ever seen at other zoos.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is a very nice zoo, and they do take good care of the animals. It's hard to be critical of nonprofits, whose first financial concern needs, in this case, to be animal care. It is totally child- and family-friendly. There are special areas with attractions and programs for children and lots of rentable strollers. The Zoo is not cheap,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We liked the SB Zoo, it doesn't take all day and they have a good but small selection of animals. We actually got to see the snow leopards, lions and gorillas and the giraffe feeding was fun for the kids. They have a somewhat small parking lot, so go early. The gate area is small so it can get real... More 

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