I haven't been to a zoo in decades, but on our recent visit to The Pea in Santa Barbara, we decided to visit the Santa Barbara Zoo. She has developed a passion for snakes (see: her new friend George, the banana python who lives in her room!) and recently became a member of the Zoo.
We had a great time rediscovering the wonders of the animal kingdom, and the Santa Barbara Zoo is one of the best places to do it. The Zoo is very near the beach, and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. It is home to 414 animals representing 107 different species, spread out over 30 acres. The landscaping is lush and magnificent, with a variety of native succulents and ornamentals. Animals are housed in natural habitats, so they don't seem caged in.
I lost count of the number of animals we saw: giraffes, gorillas, monkeys, snakes, butterflies, birds, alligators, the list goes on. Our favorite exhibit was the Australian Walkabout, where we got to see wallabies, emus, and kangaroos up close. The area is enclosed and the animals are just walking around!
Other Don't Miss Exhibits:
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