OC Zoo

Zoo closed due to Canyon Fire 2

The zoo is closed due to the Canyon Fire 2 and will reopen Saturday, Oct. 21, conditions permitting. We will post information here as available. Zoo were animals were evacuated for the fire and have returned safely.


Orange County Zoo

1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6847
oczoo@ocparks.com

Open Daily: weekdays 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; weekends 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Dec. 25.



The OC Zoo is located inside beautiful Irvine Regional Park in the city of Orange. The Zoo is nestled among the majestic 477 acre wilderness park.

Zoo staff shows children an opossum.The Zoo's focus is on animals and plants native to the southwestern United States. Animals on exhibit include black bears, mountain lions, bald eagle, island foxes, ocelot, red-tailed hawk, great horned owls, porcupine, coyotes, turkey vultures, coati and more. The zoo also features a barnyard with domestic goats, jacob sheep, pot-bellied pigs, doves and pheasants.

OC Zoo - Admission Fee: $2 per person ages 3 years and over; Ages 2 years and under are free

Entry Fee for Irvine Regional Park: $3 per vehicle weekdays and $5 per vehicle weekends (Major Holidays: $7 to $10 per entry as posted)

Please click on "Programs" & "Events & Programs" for a current listing of educational programs and special events offered at the Orange County Zoo.

New! Take an audio tour at the OC Zoo!

Dial (714) 481-0355 on your cell phone to begin the audio tour. Refer to the guide (available below and at the zoo). Enter the animal exhibit number followed by the “#” key. Listen to fun and interesting information about the zoo’s animals. Hear from our animal keepers, veterinarian, education coordinator, curator and manager and learn more about our animals. Discover what our bears get to eat everyday, what the coyotes’ names are, how old our bald eagles are, what treats we give to the raccoon, why are animals are here at the zoo, where they came from, and more fun information! The cell phone tour is free and you can even put it on speaker phone for your family or friends to hear!

News

October 13, 2017 
Fire-Damaged Parks to Remain Closed Through Weekend

The Canyon Fire 2 swept through eastern Orange County this week, burning extensively into multiple County parks, closing three regional parks at least through Monday.

Irvine Regional Park, Peters Canyon Regional Park and Santiago Oaks Regional Park still have numerous hot spots, weakened trees and other hazards that make them unsafe to enter without proper precautions. Active flare ups continued to plague the parks as late as Friday morning, and fire weather conditions are expected Saturday through midday Sunday.


October 10, 2017 
Canyon Fire 2 Closures

Irvine, Santiago Oaks and Peters Canyon regional parks and the OC Zoo remain closed.


July 8, 2015 
OC Zoo Welcomes New Bear

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The OC Zoo will introduce its newest animal – a young California black bear – at a special event Saturday, July 25.

The female bear, named Elinor, is believed to be a little more than one year old. Her official welcome will take place at 1:30 p.m. during the OC Zoo’s Zookeeper Appreciation Day event.

Elinor was found last year wandering alone in Humboldt County as a young cub and is believed to have been hit by a car. The cub recovered, but would not have survived in the wild.


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