Camel Rides at the Santa Ana Zoo

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I just love the Santa Ana Zoo! 
My son and I like to go for quick visits during the week, even if it's for thirty minutes. That's the best part about being a member of the zoo, you can swing by real quick while you are out running errands. 
If you haven't been to the Santa Ana Zoo, first you should know they are famous for their monkeys. The founder of the zoo, Joseph Prentice donated the land to the city with the stipulation that there must be 50 monkeys at all times, and the zoo still honors that request today.

They have a wonderful selection of monkeys to visit, and just a few months ago twin Golden Lion Tamarins were born. 

But there is much more to this zoo than monkeys. They have an aviary that is home to many exotic birds, a farm with goats that you can feed, and they have a Zoofari train ride (the train came from Santa's Village), that goes through the farm area and the northern part of the zoo. 

Just recently they opened a new area to the zoo called Tierra De Las Pampas that is home to Guanacos, Rheas, and two Giant Anteaters! This area alone is a great addition to the zoo, and visiting the Anteaters is one of our favorite things to do.

Giant Anteater

This past Saturday the Santa Ana Zoo welcomed a new addition, two camels named Noah and Kaleb.  Now on Saturdays and Sundays through the summer from 10:30-4:30 pm you can ride these beautiful camels for $5.00 per person. How many people can say they've been on a camel? 
The line was quite long on opening day, so we will have to go back for another visit, but here are some photos from the day. 

The Santa Ana Zoo is located at:

1801 East Chestnut Avenue 
 Santa Ana, CA 92701

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