Photo by Lauren Gonzales

Santa Barbara Zoological Foundation


The Santa Barbara Zoo is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation.

The Beauty and Preservation of Wildlife

The Santa Barbara Zoo opened in 1963 on 30 acres in Santa Barbara, CA. The zoo has 600 animals with 146 different species in numerous exhibits living in open, naturalistic habitats overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. Some of the zoo’s most popular residents include penguins, elephants, anteaters, gorillas, a pair of rare snow leopards, and a flock of native California condors. The Santa Barbara Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan which is a cooperative conservation program that aims to maintain genetic diversity and helps guard endangered species from extinction. The zoo is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best and most beautiful small zoos.

GRoW Support

2006 – Capital Support – Construction of “Condor Country,” a California condor exhibit and rescue facility.

To learn more, visit Santa Barbara Zoo.


The Annenberg Flight Path SBZ, the lower pathway of the Zoo's California condor, American bald eagle, and Channel Island fox exhibits. Photo by Rich Block.

California condor #3 as seen in its naturalist habitat on exhibit at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Condor #3, and others like #3, play an important role in California condor conservation efforts by educating visitors about the endangered California condor. Photo by Lauren Gonzales.

As part of a collaborative conservation and research effort, Santa Barbara Zoo biologist, Nadya Seal Faith, uses binoculars to assess the condition of a tail-mounted radio transmitter on California condor #584. Photo by Carolyn Post.

Potential breeding female, California condor #584 as seen through the binoculars of Santa Barbara Zoo biologist, Nadya Seal Faith, early in the nesting season. Photo by Nadya Seal Faith.

The Annenberg Flight Path SBZ, the lower pathway of the Zoo's California condor, American bald eagle, and Channel Island fox exhibits. Photo by Rich Block.

California condor #3 as seen in its naturalist habitat on exhibit at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Condor #3, and others like #3, play an important role in California condor conservation efforts by educating visitors about the endangered California condor. Photo by Lauren Gonzales.

As part of a collaborative conservation and research effort, Santa Barbara Zoo biologist, Nadya Seal Faith, uses binoculars to assess the condition of a tail-mounted radio transmitter on California condor #584. Photo by Carolyn Post.

Potential breeding female, California condor #584 as seen through the binoculars of Santa Barbara Zoo biologist, Nadya Seal Faith, early in the nesting season. Photo by Nadya Seal Faith.


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