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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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  • I went here with a group of friends to just hang out at catch up. It was nice and we had a really great time!  more »
  • This small zoo at the Irvine Regional Park is very pleasant. Interesting animals, and fun for all ages. Light on the wallet. Easy to walk.  more »
  • Irvine Park is amazing and the zoo is a fun place for younger kids. A nice way to enjoy some time in this amazing park.  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Small but all worthwhile. My son loves feeding the goats! And sitting by the little fountain in the front. Enjoy coming here a lot.
  • 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.
  • 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.