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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  • 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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  • Definitely get your monies worth. The Zoo only takes about an hour to walk thru. You can make a day by visiting the other areas of the park to pedal a surrey car, paddle a water bike, ride the train for $5 a person, pony rides or rent a horse. All within walking distance of the zoo. There are so many picnic areas and nature walks. This park was well thought out!
  • Great for toddler and 7 year old! Shady and easy to walk. Can’t beat the $3 parking and $2 entrance. Beats the crowds and traffic anywhere else if you are looking for some relaxing animal viewing.
  • The zoo itself is awesome. The kids love it. It takes only 30 minutes to see all the animals. Ticket is $2, parking is $3. They have a horse ride for little kids for $5(at the irvine regional park). A good place to take the kids to spend the afternoon.
  • Great place for a short family outing! The entrance fee is $3. There’s pony riding, a zoo, a lake, lots of green.
  • This zoo was very small, but it was neat to see so many animals and birds up close. There is only a $2 entry fee, too. We saw mountain lions and a bald eagle among many other animals found in southern states and South America. The only issue is finding parking, but that is because there are many other activities going on throughout the park. We had to walk about a half a mile from our parking spot to the zoo, but it was a shaded and scenic walk.

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