As far as zoos go, the Santa Barbara Zoo is one of the prettiest – set near the coast in beautiful Santa Barbara. Breezy, green, and charming, it’s a fun place to go to relax, learn, explore, and enjoy the outdoors. You can even see the ocean from various vantage points. Hop aboard the Zoo Train for a behind-the-zoo-scenes look. Explore on foot and marvel at the amazing animals – the magnificent elephants, the sleeping lions, the playful penguins, majestic gorillas, busy meerkats, and the hungry giraffes (which you can feed from your own hands).
Last time I was there, I got a little spooked by the leopard that seemed to glare hungrily as he slowly walked all the way up to the window – a couple feet from me (he then turned around and walked away). I got a kick out of this clever white bird that kept digging into the side of this large rock formation. When I looked closely, I could see that it was holding a rock in its beak as a digging tool.
For more information on the SB Zoo, visit http://www.santabarbarazoo.org/