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Orange County Zoo, Orange

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.4/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
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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  • Very small but nice zoo. For Closeup looks at local animals. Children can feed goats, hear animal stories. Coyotes, raccoons, burros, hawks Owls, bobcats. Little snack bar, good parking lot and nice P...  read more »
  • I've been to some pretty serious zoos in my life (National Zoo in D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, San Diego, and others), but this one was an absolute delight!! The zoo is totally kid friendly and includes a ...  read more »
  • It is a very nice little local zoo. We have been there several times and we don't even have kids. It is always a great experience. 
  • 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.
  • As others said, it's not very large.There are a few enclosures left.That said, if you park at the picnic area and walk up, it's not as fun.Park at the Merry-Go-Round, and take the trail just past the roadblocks.There are several enclosures, and you can go into them.If you keep walking you'll eventually make your way down to the lower area and the picnic tables.It's short but interesting.
  • 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!
  • My two year old really liked the petting zoo. It's very small but perfect fit a toddler with a short attention span. I let him lead us and be had a ball. Also so much more affordable than the LA or San Diego Zoo. Thank you!
  • This zoo is a hidden treasure! I never knew it existed, and I am so happy to have found it! All the animals are somewhat local, and they take really good care of them. You can feed goats and sheep at the petting zoo for a quarter, and the entrance fee is only $2.00 (plus the $3.00 per car fee to get in to the park).
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