santa barbara zoo

Coronavirus is impacting us in many different ways.  For a South Coast zoo, it’s causing two problems.  The zoo’s closure is causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.  And, the virus is threatening the zoo’s staff as well as some of its animals.

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Two of the animal ambassadors at a South Coast zoo will be moved this week to other zoos, as part of breeding programs to expand their species. A female Masai giraffe named Amirah will be transferred from the Santa Barbara Zoo to the Sacramento Zoo.

There's been a condor shuffle of sorts at a South Coast zoo, as part of efforts to save the endangered species.

The Santa Barbara Zoo has sent four of its condors to other zoos, and received three new condor additions.

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A South Coast zoo is hoping a little matchmaking will create a happy new couple. The Santa Barbara Zoo’s elderly female gibbon Jasmine lost her longtime male mate Gulliver in 2016, and a younger companion just last year. Jasmine is 42, which makes her a senior citizen in the gibbon world.

Some Santa Barbara filmmakers have created a film about a little known, endangered species of penguins.

They are looking at African penguins, at home on an island off the coast of South Africa.

Stephanie Arne says the penguins are about 18 inches tall, and weigh six to ten pounds. She says they are facing a huge crisis which threatens the species.

One of the most popular animal ambassadors at a South Coast Zoo has died.

Chadwick was a male African lion that lived at the Santa Barbara Zoo for 17 of his 21 years.

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One of the Santa Barbara Zoo’s most popular animal ambassadors has been euthanized, after being in hospice care for a number of mostly age related health issues. Little Mac had been a part of the zoo for nearly half a century, arriving to live there from India in 1972. The 48 year old elephant had arthritis, she had lost most of her teeth, and she had gastrointestinal problems which couldn’t be treated.

It’s a beautiful, sunny morning at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Some two dozen people, mostly kids, are excited to see one of the zoo’s most famous residents. Little Mac seems normal to the public, as she stands in the sun. But, the 48 year old elephant is facing a number of serious health issues, and is now receiving hospice care.

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Two rare giraffes at a South Coast Zoo are pregnant. The Santa Barbara Zoo confirmed that two of its female Masai giraffes, Adia and Audrey are expecting. The Zoo’s adult male, Michael is father, and he has sired seven calves during the last 17 years living in Santa Barbara.

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An endangered gibbon living at a South Coast zoo died as the result of an accident.  The head of a white handed gibbon named "Jari" became entangled in a net in her enclosure at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

The impacts of age have led to the death of the world’s oldest snow leopard, which lived on the South Coast. Everett lived at the Santa Barbara Zoo. He was nearly 22 years old.

A South Coast zoo’s newest resident is one you will actually be able to pet. The Santa Barbara Zoo now has a Golden Retriever pup named Bradley, which will serve as a Zoo Ambassador in the community.

We’re following Dr. Julie Barnes as she prepares to do part of a checkup. Her patient is unusual. It’s a rare snow leopard, normally only seen in Asia. This is part of a typical day for Barnes, who is the Zoo’s Vice President of Animal Care and Health. The veterinary staff at the zoo has a big job, being charged with overseeing the well being of more than 500 animals ranging from gorillas to cobras.

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A popular resident of a South Coast Zoo has died. An elderly snow leopard at the Santa Barbara Zoo unexpectedly passed away. Zoe had a number of health issues, but the sudden death of the 15 year old cat was unexpected.

(Photo by Tony Luna)

A penguin at a South Coast zoo which became famous because of a custom shoe he wore to deal with a birth defect had to have his foot amputated.

Lucky the penguin got international attention after show maker Teva heard about his foot problem, and started making custom made shows so the Santa Barbara Zoo resident could move normally. He used a series of the shoes for the last eight years.