Zoos

Zoos, farms and animal-care centers and an exotic rescue. For aquariums with marine animals, also see: “Attractions.” For additional resources, see our current issue.

Animal Care Centers and Exotic Rescue

Local animal care centers and exotic rescue such as the Marine Mammal Care Center, Pacific Marine Mammal Center and the Star Eco Station offer educational programs for kids on an ongoing basis.

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Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Encounter over 450 wild animals, live shows, children’s discovery center, animal carousel, seasonal camel rides, twice daily giraffe feedings and a G-scale model train, and more.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.

Moorpark College Teaching Zoo

Animal shows and demonstrations twice a day. Plus, behind-the-scenes tours and other up-close opportunities.

Orange County Zoo

A variety of animals and a petting area. Visit their website for story times, special events and classes. School tours and scout programs available.

Petting Zoos and Farms

Opportunities for kids to interact with farm animals. Some also offer pony rides and special events.

San Diego Zoo

Home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals. Plus, camps, sleepovers and family events.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Like a safari, guests can see herds of African animals, such as rhino, giraffe, antelope and gazelle. Plus, safaris, camps, sleepovers, Flightline zip line and a Jungle Ropes course.

Santa Ana Zoo

Home of the 50 monkeys with over 150 animals (some endangered), plus a children’s farm, train and carousel. Family events throughout the year.

The Reptile Zoo

More than 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids. Plus interactive hands-on opportunities.