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.Add Orange County Zoo and other attractions to your Orange trip itinerary using our Orange trip builder.
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Esther VAugust 8, 2017
The Orange County Zoo is a nice place for young children. It's not too big and a nice addition to the beautiful park. more »
Thomas pJuly 10, 2017
What a wonderful place to visit, and the really cool part it only cost $2.00 to get in. Zookeepers are amazing, as well as the zoo chats are very informative. I truly love this place, and almost all a... more »
PaVistor19460July 10, 2017
We visited here on a week day was not too busy. There is a goat petting zoo. Our three-year-old granddaughter went inside the petting zoo and had a very good time until two goats started butting heads... more »
Linda DavisJune 29, 2017
So cute! What a fun zoo. And a steal at just $2. Plus there's a petting zoo for the little ones. Definitely going back soon!
Kent CooperMarch 29, 2017
I love coming to the zoo. The animals are well cared for and fed. The keepers will answers any questions you have, even when your children start asking questions like "do you want a different job?" Mid week there is no crowds so it's like you have the place to yourself.
SCRMPTZJanuary 9, 2017
Small but all worthwhile. My son loves feeding the goats! And sitting by the little fountain in the front. Enjoy coming here a lot.
Dominic BaskinJuly 4, 2016
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.
Julie ArmentaNovember 8, 2016
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.
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