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Encyclopedia > Orange County Zoo

The Orange County Zoo is located inside Irvine Park in the city of Orange. The eight acre zoo focuses on animals and plants native to the southwestern United States. The zoo is home for Nacho the bear and the final destination for hot tub bears, injured eagles and other wayward animals. Nickname: Plaza City Motto: A Slice of Old Town Charm Location of Orange within Orange County, California. ...

The Orange County Zoo traces its roots back to 1905 when Red Foxes were introduced in the Irvine Park Region and bred by J.A. Turner. A small collection of animals started in 1920 by Tustin rancher Sam Nau featured a pair of pet mule deer. Nau eventually built a corral for the park that held an additional male mule deer. An alligator exhibit was the chief attraction until a bird exhibit adjoining the deer pens was added in 1935. The bird exhibit structure exhibited cockatoos, quail, doves and parakeets. Tustin is a city in Orange County, California, United States. ...

The current modern zoo officially opened in 1985 as the Irvine Park Zoo and has since changed its name to the Orange County Zoo. The zoo is owned, staffed and operated by the County of Orange. Official website: http://www. ...


Animals on exhibit

  • black bears
  • mountain lions
  • bald eagle
  • island foxes
  • ocelot
  • red-tailed hawk
  • great horned owls
  • porcupine
  • coyotes
  • turkey vultures
  • coati
  • also domestic animals

See also


The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park in Santa Ana is a 20-acre site focusing on the animals and plants of Central and South America. ...

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