OrangeJuice: OC’s Other Zoo

While you were liquefying in the record heat (102 degrees!!!), we went to the Orange County Zoo. Honestly I had no idea OC had two zoos.  Did you?  Don’t lie; you didn’t know either smarty pants.

The “zoo” is located inside the Irvine Regional Park, Orange County’s largest public park.  The zoo works as part of a trio of low-fee attractions sequestered in the far reaches of the city of Orange.  There is the Train ($4.00) and the tandem bikes/paddle boats ($14.00) and finally the Orange County Zoo ($2.00).  Oh and let’s not forget the $5.00 parking fee.  Still, a family of five can spend a pleasant hour or two at the zoo for mere ten dollars; you can’t even park at Disneyland for that amount of money.  What a bargain!

So, you know, it’s not the San Diego Zoo people, in fact it’s really quite small. Don’t set your expectations too high.  For our money, it was a pleasant diversion on a sunny afternoon.  We occupied our time studying the bears and mountain lions and foxes and porcupines.  Did I mention all the animals in the place have been rescued?  Well they have. Did I mention they have an Alpaca?  Well they do – and it’s the cutest frigging thing I have ever seen.

There is only one down side:  There is no bathroom in the Zoo proper.  You have to leave the zoo and go use the horror show park bathroom outside.  I would gladly pay a couple bucks more if they would put in some restroom facilities.  Just who are these zoo employees and exactly where is it that they poop?

Toilets aside, you should check it out. It’s good fun.  There web site is at:

2 Comments so far

  1. Dave Share (daveshare) on April 14th, 2008 @ 11:56 am

    Who Knew???? How big is it in relation to the Santa Ana monkey sanctuary….er….I mean zoo?

  2. Jon (oc_jon) on April 15th, 2008 @ 12:20 am

    It is small. Very very small. But it does have a charm about it and the animals seems to be well cared for and kept in clean and mildly pleasant environment. The rescue program is a worthy cause indeed. They have story-time for the kids in the afternoon – you can go sit up by the porcupines and turkey buzzards and listen to a story under the shade of an oak tree. What fun!

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