Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Santa Ana Zoo's 60th Birthday!

The Santa Ana Zoo is having a birthday party, and you're all invited!

Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, 11am-2pm, will be two big days of fun at the Santa Ana Zoo as we celebrate the Zoo's 60th birthday.  There will be lots of games, music, dancing, and lots of other fun stuff.
 - Del Oro Pacific modular train club will have a giant model train display

 - Games and Crafts for the kids
 - The OC Guardettes and Images Dance Studio will perform
 - SAZOO, our monkey mascot, will be there to see all his friends
 - 50's themed music
 - Birthday cake sponsored by Knowlwoods Cafe (while it lasts!)
 - Lots of fun for all ages!

Come see just how far this little Zoo has come in the past 60 years!
Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, 11am-2pm each day.  
Birthday Cake celebration at 12:30.

In 1949, J.E. Prentice donated 12 acres of his citrus ranch to Santa Ana for a park. With this donation, he stipulated that the city must keep at least 50 monkeys at all times.
In the meantime, the city had realized the need for a park in that area, and had formed the Santa Ana City Memorial Park Committee. They gladly accepted Mr. Prentice's generous gift and began preparations for the new park.
At the same time, a young man named Jack Lynch was growing up in Orange County.  Jack spent most of his teen years collecting animals and learning about trapping and training birds and other animals of prey, and studied drafting to learn to design and build different kinds of cages.  When he heard of plans for Prentice Park, he immediately went to City Hall to ask for a job designing and building the cages for the animals.  He was given a job that turn into his life's work.
On March 8 1952, The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park was born and the Zoo opened to the public.
The Zoo now receives over 270,000 visitors annually, and its staff and volunteers are committed to providing education and entertainment that makes this Zoo something that J.E. Prentice would have been proud to see.

The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is located at:
1801 Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701.  (conveniently located just off the 5 fwy.)
Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and children 3-12 years. Children under three are free. 
For more information call 714-836-4000 or visit our website at: www.santaanazoo.org

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