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.AnimalsAnimals at the zoo are primarily from the Southwestern United States, and include, black bears, cougars, bald eagles, island foxes, red-tailed hawks, barn owls, great horned owls, porcupines, coyotes, mule deer turkey vultures, coati, and bobcats. The zoo accepts only animals that cannot be released back into the wild, and these animals help teach visitors about the animals they may encounter in the hill, canyons, and backyards of the area.
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  • You will see animals that you've never really seen before, in person. All are native American and mostly rescue. You will travel through a beautiful park with horse's to ride either ponies or full siz...  more »
  • I have actually even been on a private tour of this zoo, and it is very cute. I still feel that many of these animals should not be held in captivity, but if you have no qualms about that and live in ...  more »
  • A really nice, intimate zoo experience that the kids will love. Don't go here expecting San Diego Zoo or something that's enormous and costs $$$s. This is $2 per person entry plus $5 parking, and it's...  more »
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  • Fun little zoo. Has all the US native wildlife. Not too big, but it was also very inexpensive. My 2 year old had a blast and it was just the right size to see everything before he was ready to go. Also has a goat petting zoo.
  • I came for the Zoo lights this year, and can't wait to come back to see the animals. The lights were very pretty, the staff were friendly, and informative. The reindeer and snow machine were excellent touches, and the children seemed to enjoy them a lot.
  • Kids under 3 are free and adult are 2 yes TWO dollars . Has petting area with goats. Good for two hours with young kids. Very nice staff and you can let kids run around.
  • Small, small, small, but it's great for the kids. You can see all animals in bout 25 minutes. Dirt cheap price. And the surrounding park is fantastic.
  • Stopped by here with my family visiting the US for the first time. It was a nice break from long drive from Las Vegas to Orange County. The lady was very nice & helpful and told us exactly where to stand for the family of 7 to capture the thermometer.
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