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Address: 500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3798
Phone Number: 805-962-5339
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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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Good small zoo

Clean, pretty, overlooks the ocean. Has adorable meerkats! It has a little train you can ride with your kids. Giraffes are lovely and close, elephants personable.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
pjmerriweather
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Delmar, Maryland
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Delmar, Maryland
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Clean, pretty, overlooks the ocean. Has adorable meerkats! It has a little train you can ride with your kids. Giraffes are lovely and close, elephants personable.

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atlanta georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you like animals more than art you would like the zoo. Beautiful cool day in a great city. I would visit again. Nothing to cause stress easy parking

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took the kids to this zoo on a vacation up to Santa Barbara! We have been to many Zoos in CA. And we LOVED this ZOO!! Its SOOO beautiful! The gardens are gorgeous. All the animals have plenty of room in their spaces. They notify you of which animals are not out. That way you cant let the kids know... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The highlight of the trip was feeding the giraffes! You can now pay at their pen, it is worth noting when feeding time is. The gorilla exhibit was closed, probably for safety reasons/concerns. You can see the whole zoo in a few hours. We ate at the diner and it was so-so, the soup was almost inedible but the chicken... More 

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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review, Shelli. We will relay your notes to the rest of the team. FYI, two new gorillas arrived yesterday at the zoo. They will be on view beginning September 2016 after a thirty day quarantine. Gorillas are critically endangered in Africa. Our two previous gorillas, Goma and Kivu, left earlier this year to start families of... More 

Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Those depressing road-side animal abuse "attractions'' are pretty much history and most major cities that have zoos are providing much more in the line of habitats, but Santa Barbara is a small-town stand-out. It's location on a hilltop overlooking the ocean and the harbor have made it a prime candidate for weddings and the train that takes you around (if... More 

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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Did you know that Santa Barbara is located in a 'biodiversity hot-spot" with an unusual number of plant and animal species many of which are found nowhere else on earth? The SB Zoo is a local conservation leader and our mission has moved beyond the bounds of the park. Our field work includes the California condor, the Channel Island fox,... More 

California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Santa Barbara Zoo while not huge is large enough to spend a whole morning (or afternoon). There are many wonderful animals to visit, especially the giraffes. Other than the beach, there are not a lot of places to take children in Santa Barbara but the zoo is definitely on my list.

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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks, SGK. Please let folks know that after you pay for parking and visit the zoo, you may leave your car here and take the kids across the street to enjoy East Beach! More 

Cheyenne, Wyoming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Santa Barbara Zoo is my favorite zoo ever. We love visiting when we're in town. My sons' favorite exhibit was the sloth area.

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1 Thank mmrwc
Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks, mmrwc! We are a private non-profit, as opposed to a municipal or city zoo. We rely on community support to survive and thrive! More 

Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved this zoo. It was small but obviously the point of not taking care of more animals than space and caretakers could provide. This place is spotless for both the visitors and the animals. The animals were very lively and playful in their enclosures. I appreciated that all the species living here were compatible with the local climate. No... More 

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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks for the spot-on review, Dog! I will relay your comments to the team. Collection planning is a vital part of our mission and choosing the right species based upon climate, expertise, budget, etc., is something our animal care team takes very seriously. Thanks for noticing! And, yes, our zoo keepers spend a tremendous amount of time creating 'enrichment' (games,... More 

St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My grandson got to feed the giraffe which was a highlight for him. The zoo is fairly small and easy to walk. Not a big animal collection but everything is well done.

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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thank you, Reidas. Please follow us on Facebook if you'd like to learn more about our California field conservation programs or the animals we care for here in the park. More 

Corona del Mar, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really nice zoo in Santa Barbara, they have a cafe, you can feed the giraffe, $8.00, the little train is nice and informing, spent more time than expected here looking at the animals, over 3 hours, highly recommend this zoo, go early, you have to pay to park and pay to get in.

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Dean N, Public Relations Manager at Santa Barbara Zoo, responded to this review

Thanks, Jeff! Yes, parents love us due to our manageable size and kid-friendly lay out. More 

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