By Nicole Cormier
The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park had a strange request made by the founder, Joseph Prentice. He required that 50 monkeys must occupy the zoo grounds at all times. When visiting the Santa Ana Zoo, see if the zoo is holding true to their promise and count how many monkeys you see.
This quaint zoo in Santa Ana has many species of animals on display, and its unique and fun exhibits make the learning experience one that the family won’t soon forget. The zoo’s newest exhibit is Tierra de las Pampas, which houses some strange but fascinating animals like the anteater, guanacos (kind of like a camel without its humps) and rheas (flightless birds).
The habitat is designed to simulate South America’s Pampas Grasslands, but the layout also makes it seem as if you’re right in the space with the animals. Other groundbreaking exhibits include the Rainforest Adventure maze that makes guests answer riddles and fun facts to figure out how to navigate the maze. The Bauer Jaguar Exploration Outpost is a hands-on learning room modeled after a outpost in the Amazon Basin. The Santa Ana also has a petting zoo, with familiar farm animals.
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Nicole Cormier has a large and diverse family that lives all over the country, and has had the opportunity to see every state in the union while visiting them. As a freelance writer and editor she has the freedom to experience the world and partake in her beloved passions all while writing about it.
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