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February 12, 1995 | ALAN EYERLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Birds do it, bees do it, even wildebeests and zebus do it. And during the "Valentine's Day Sex Tour" at Santa Ana Zoo today, visitors will learn exactly how animals court and mate in a captive setting. Wild stuff? Well, the event is for adults only, but zoo curator Connie Sweet said she wouldn't go so far as to slap an R-rating on the tour. Call it PG-13.
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December 25, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Ron Glazier knows where the wild things are. The retired director of the Santa Ana Zoo has led 20 safaris to Africa in search of its exotic denizens. Next year, Glazier leads an 11-day trip to the Okavango Delta and Linyanti Nature Reserve in Botswana to find lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants as well as wild dogs. The trip, sponsored by Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo , starts in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a stay at the luxury Peermont D'Oreale Grande for one night before leaving for the backcountry of Botswana.
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January 23, 2009 | Tony Barboza
Santa Ana has been running low on monkeys. For decades, the family that gave the city the land for its small but popular zoo has kept tabs on the primate population. The deal was 50 monkeys. Anything less and the city would lose the land. But lately, the Santa Ana Zoo has fallen below the monkey line, and a descendant of city pioneer J.E. Prentice has threatened to take back the 12 acres if the population isn't stabilized.
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March 28, 2012 | By Carla Hall
It's a relief to animal welfare advocates -- and elephants, no doubt -- that the board of the Orange County Fair voted last week to end the 25-year tradition of elephant rides at the annual event.  The Santa Ana Zoo announced in December that it too would halt elephant rides, which have nearly vanished as entertainment at institutions accredited by the Assn. of Zoos and Aquariums.  The Los Angeles County Fair was urged last year by animal welfare advocates -- and this paper's editorial page -- to stop elephant rides, although fair officials continued the attraction anyway.
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March 10, 1986 | Andy Rose
If working with macaques and gibbons sounds like fun, then you belong at the zoo. Curators at the Santa Ana Zoo will begin a three-week course Tuesday for volunteers willing to work part time as docents--aides who serve primarily as guides for zoo visitors. The docents will be given three hours of instruction on Tuesdays and Thursdays and be required to commit at least six hours a week for a year.
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December 14, 1990
Children will be able to visit Santa Claus and help decorate a giant Christmas tree during the Santa Ana Zoo's annual "Christmas With Critters" event on Saturday. Santa Claus will listen to Christmas wishes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will hand out candy canes to visitors. The first 150 children to arrive will receive a wrapped Christmas gift.
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December 9, 1991 | Researched by DANNY SULLIVAN / Los Angeles Times
Officials hope to transform the Santa Ana Zoo into a diverse collection of South American habitats filled with native animals. Visitors would walk through a rain forest inhabited by monkeys or view penguins along a seashore. Core exhibits would be phased in over the next 10 years, then a long-range plan would expand on the themes established. 1.
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September 29, 1994 | ALAN EYERLY
A series of natural science workshops for young children and their parents will be offered starting in October at the Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park. In the "Mommy and Me" program, preschoolers will learn about animal life by touring the zoo, interacting with animals and making crafts. The five-session workshop will be conducted from 10 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays. The single-session "Breakfast with the Beasts" workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturdays.
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July 25, 1990
Officials of the Santa Ana Zoo are seeking some outside advice as they look for ways to improve the 38-year-old facility. The Santa Ana City Council last week accepted a grant of $1,400 from the Institute of Museum Services, a federal agency based in Washington. The money will be used to hire a consultant for the zoo who will review programs and provide some advice on long-range planning and in other areas, said zoo director Claudia Collier.
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June 24, 1991
"The Amazon's Edge," a phrase dreamed up by a Santa Ana fifth-grader, has been selected as the name for a new, $800,000 exhibit at the Santa Ana Zoo--the first of a 10-phase, $10-million expansion. Natika J. Padilla, a pupil at John Adams Elementary School in Santa Ana, won the zoo's "Name-Our-New-Exhibit Contest." More than 400 entries for the contest were received to rename the exhibit, originally dubbed Monkey Island.
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December 18, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The Santa Ana Zoo has decided to end its 25-year-old elephant ride attraction in order to comply with changes in animal care and safety guidelines designed to protect zookeepers and trainers from being harmed by the powerful and moody land giants. The decision, announced Friday, was based on policy changes adopted in September by the Assn. of Zoos and Aquariums, which accredits the Santa Ana Zoo, one of the last two in the United States to encourage visitor-elephant interaction. Under the new standards, zookeepers at AZA-accredited zoos are not to share the same space with elephants without some form of protective barrier.
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November 22, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
The Santa Ana Zoo is one of only a handful in the nation that still offer elephant rides. For more than 25 years, children ? and some grown-ups ? have turned out by the hundreds to ride on the back of an 8,000-pound Asian elephant as it trudges around a shaded, circular enclosure near Monkey Row.? Although others have bowed to pressure from animal welfare advocates who oppose once-popular elephant rides as cruel to the animals and dangerous to the public, zookeepers in Santa Ana are rushing to their defense.
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January 23, 2009 | Tony Barboza
Santa Ana has been running low on monkeys. For decades, the family that gave the city the land for its small but popular zoo has kept tabs on the primate population. The deal was 50 monkeys. Anything less and the city would lose the land. But lately, the Santa Ana Zoo has fallen below the monkey line, and a descendant of city pioneer J.E. Prentice has threatened to take back the 12 acres if the population isn't stabilized.
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November 24, 2005 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Irma Rivera is a mother who wants her children to play. But from her home in Santa Ana, it can take an hour to get to the closest city park by bus. Too often, her 7-year-old and 12-year-old are watching television after school. "There is nowhere for them to go, and we really don't have the time to take them but on Saturday and Sunday afternoons," said Rivera, 35, who lives near downtown. "Mostly every kid in this neighborhood is in the same boat.
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December 29, 2004 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana hopes to make it into Guinness World Records by recruiting 982 people to run two miles Sunday while wearing Wellington rubber boots. To ask why is to not understand the spirit of the event -- which is not only to achieve squeaky notoriety but also to raise money for programs at Santiago Park, a secluded jewel amid the city's urban landscape that has nearly four miles of creek-side paths, lawn bowling and a ball field.
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July 5, 2004 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
While small zoos struggle to garner donations and cities grapple with tighter budgets, the Santa Ana Zoo is expanding, thanks to a combination of private and government funds. The $4-million Crean Family Farm, which opens July 17, includes a collection of barns holding rare breeds such as a Dexter cow, American Buff goose, Saxony ducks and Narragansett turkey. A large red barn with a classroom will allow the zoo to host more school groups.
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July 13, 1991
The Santa Ana Zoo is expected to be transformed into a rock 'n' roll paradise tonight as it kicks off a major fund-raising campaign with an oldies concert. The concert, called "Rockin' Zoo-S.A.," will feature local groups Rock Around the Clock and Surf City. Radio station KODJ disc jockey Verna McKay will serve as master of ceremonies. In addition to the concert, guests will have the opportunity to ride the zoo's Asian elephant and to be photographed getting in a fiberglass wave.
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August 19, 1994 | JON NALICK
The Santa Ana Zoo has long offered a glimpse of exotic wildlife in a natural setting, but now it plans to raise money by going one step further. Starting in February, the zoo will take its patrons to see the real thing during a 13-day trip to Kenya. "It's an opportunity to see some of the best game viewing in East Africa," said director Ron Glazier. "There's nothing like seeing an animal in its natural environment. It's just a different experience."
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September 2, 2002 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lost in the shadows of nearby amusement parks, the little-known Santa Ana Zoo is launching an aggressive campaign to let folks know that Mickey Mouse isn't the only animal in Orange County worth checking out. Along with a new children's area featuring farm animals, and plans for an exotic jaguar exhibit, the city zoo has hired a new fund-raiser to publicize the small park and raise the millions of dollars needed to bolster its modest collection of animals.
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March 3, 2002 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Ana Zoo turned 50 on Saturday, but its birthday party was aimed at those much younger. There were clowns, ice cream cones, plumes of pink cotton candy and children leading their families through the zoo. "I want to see the United States bald eagle," said 3-year-old Connor Turnbow, his mother Donna and friend Brian Dazey in tow. "I don't think they have bald eagles, honey," Donna Turnbow, 40, of Cypress, told her son.
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