Staff Report

The Santa Barbara Zoo announces plans to safely reopen its doors to the Santa Barbara community on Saturday, January 30, 2021.  After being closed to guests since December 7, the Zoo will reopen to the general public once again by online reservation only. 

Guests will get to meet some of the Zoo’s newest residents who arrived at the Zoo since they last visited, including Penelope and Calabaza, the white-faced saki monkeys; two baby flamingos; fireback pheasants, and a glimpse into the construction of the new Australian Walkabout exhibit. 

Following guidelines set by the State and County, the Zoo will continue the implementation of a number of safety enhancements and modifications to protect the health and safety of all guests, staff, and animals. In order to properly manage the number of guests in the park, online reservations will be required for both paid guests and Zoo members. Guests can use the online reservation system to book a timed entry slot prior to visiting the Zoo. A complete guide to the new safety enhancements and modifications can be found on the Zoo’s website

The Santa Barbara Zoo looks forward to making this a fun and safe experience for all guests, staff, and animals! For more information, visit the Zoo’s website.

The Zoo is also still accepting registrations for Spring and Summer Zoo Camp! Spring Zoo Camp is March 22 – 26, and Summer Zoo Camp is June 7–August 13 and is for children ages 3–12. In addition to its traditional camp, the Zoo is offering several specialty options including Junior Zookeeper Camp, Backyard Biologist Camp and Camp in a Box. See the Zoo Camp webpage for more information and to register:

About The Santa Barbara Zoo
The Santa Barbara Zoo is open daily from 9 am for members and 9:30 am for general admission until 5 pm; general admission is $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 2-12, and free for children under 2. Parking is $11. The Santa Barbara Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  AZA zoos are dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great visitor experience, and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and is the public’s link to helping animals in their native habitats. Visit