Orange County Zoo
The Orange County Zoo is nestled inside beautiful Irvine Regional Park. Tucked among coastal live oak and giant sycamore groves, this eight acre zoo displays plants native to the southwestern United States.
The zoo exhibits its animals in natural habitats for the comfort of the animals and to enhance the education of visitors. Animals on exhibit include black bears, mountain lions, bald eagle, ocelot, red-tailed hawk, great horned owls, porcupine, coyotes, turkey vultures, and more.
The zoo also features a barnyard (petting zoo) with domestic goats, chevoit sheep, jacob sheep, pot-bellied pigs, doves, chickens, and pheasants. Each animal exhibit features a small display with interesting facts about the animals.
Many of the barnyard animals are available for touching contact through the fence. Grain may be purchased to feed some of the animals in the petting zoo only. Picnic areas are adjacent to the zoo.
Weekday: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Weekend: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Open 7 Days a week
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Irvine Park Railroad does not own or operate the Orange County Zoo.
The Orange County Zoo offers docent-guided educational tours for pre-K through any grade level. Tours are approximately one hour in length and are $3.00 per person. Tours include information about animals native to the southwestern U.S. including habitats, adaptations, feeding habits, and behavior. Tour information helps meet the standards for the Science Framework for California public schools.
Please contact Education Coordinator: Marcy (714) 973-6846 or visit OC Parks.