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Orange County Zoo, Orange
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The Orange County Zoo is a small 8acre zoo located within the 477acre Irvine Regional Park in the city of Orange, California, United States. The zoo is mainly home to animals and plants that are native to the Southwestern United States.HistoryThe current zoo is owned, staffed and operated by the County of Orange, and officially opened as the Irvine Park Zoo in 1985.However, there have been animals in captivity on the site since 1905, when red foxes were introduced and bred by J.A. Turner. In 1920, a small collection of animals featuring a pair of mule deer was started by Tustin rancher Sam Nau. Eventually Nau built a pen for the deer. The main attraction was an alligator exhibit until a bird exhibit including cockatoos, quail, doves, and parakeets was added in 1935.
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  • A great little zoo and quite close to Anaheim. Perfect for the kids! It can be walked through in about 45 minutes! Highly recommend. The kids loved the beaver, bear and cougars! 
  • A cheap few hours out at $2 each and under 2's free! A nice little petting zoo full of goats and a section to feed some animals. Also a great selection of lions, bears and other animals. 
  • The went about 30 minutes by car from Disneyland Park, Irving Park. In a folksy Zoo. It was a good Zoo can commune with animals, such as small.
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  • I happened upon The Old Zoo @ Griffith Park randomly last week. Andy C. and I were looking for a leisurely hike and decided to check out a different trail than our regular go to place. If you're a fan of Night at the Museum, this is probably really awesome for you. The park is decently kept, people are out having picnics or exercising. The empty cages and caves are neat to check out. Children and those with vivid imaginations can have a field day here. Cool to check out and very close to the Aubry National Center. They have farmer's market all summer there.
  • Tiny but lovely. It's a wonderful place for you and your family! Makes you feel like this is the kind of zoo that you could really see the animals. You also get the chance to talk to the zoo keepers and ask them about the animals. And you get to see them train the mountain Lions. This could be one of my favorite zoos!
  • Quaint little zoo that gives you way more than your money's worth! Between the train, rental bikes, pony rides, and massive park surrounding the actual zoo, there's plenty to do and see. And the grounds are well kept and beautiful to explore.
  • It was the halloween zootacular today and loved it!!! Still only $2 to get into the zoo, and there is SO much going on for the kids... my son's loved watching the bear tear apart the pumpkins to get to get goodie... and the workers were so nice and informative... lots of crafts that even my 1 yr old was able to participate in... just get there early.
  • The Orange County Zoo is great for a cute date or bringing your children for an educational experience about our surrounding area.