Safety guidelines at the zoo will be in place to protect humans and animals.

Safety guidelines at the zoo will be in place to protect humans and animals. (Courtesy photo)

After being closed to guests since Dec. 7, the Santa Barbara Zoo has announced plans to safely reopen its doors to the community on Saturday, Jan. 30. The zoo will reopen to the general public again by online reservation only. 

Visitors will be able to meet some of the zoo’s newest residents including Penelope and Calabaza, the white-faced saki monkeys; two baby flamingos; fireback pheasants; and get a glimpse into the construction of the new Australian Walkabout exhibit. 

Following guidelines set by the state and county, the zoo will continue to implement a number of safety enhancements and modifications to protect the health and safety of all visitors, staff and animals.

To properly manage the number of park visitors, online reservations will be required for both paid guests and zoo members. Visitors can use the online reservation system to book a timed entry slot prior to visiting the zoo. A guide to the new safety enhancements and modifications can be found on the zoo’s website

The zoo is also still accepting registrations for spring and summer Zoo Camp. Spring Zoo Camp, March 22-26, and Summer Zoo Camp, June 7-Aug. 13, are for children ages 3-12.

In addition to its traditional camp, the zoo is offering specialty options including Junior Zookeeper Camp, Backyard Biologist Camp, and Camp in a Box. See the Zoo Camp webpage for more information and to register:

The Santa Barbara Zoo is open daily, 9 a.m. (members) and 9:30 a.m. (general admission) until 5 p.m. General admission is $19.95 for adults, $14.95 for children ages 2-12, and free for children under 2. Parking is $11.

The Santa Barbara Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and is the public’s link to helping animals in their native habitats. Visit