Santa Ana Zoo

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Huntington Beach Investigates Elephant Being Used in Resort Wedding Ceremony Despite Ban

    An animal rights organization has pressed Huntington Beach to investigate how an elephant was used in a recent wedding ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa despite a city ordinance prohibiting wild animal performances.

  • Columns

    June 27, 2013

    Everyone Thinks My Child Is Mexican—She Isn't!

    [¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexican-Americans always say they lived the hard life?

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Rare Crested Capuchin Monkey Newborn Brings the Cameras Out at Santa Ana Zoo

    In a long-ago Weekly listing for the Santa Ana Zoo, the writer snarkily summed up the wee animal population at the Prentice Park venue as a drunk monkey in a tree, or something like that.The one thing you can say about monkeys there is they sure are cute, and in the case of a crested capuchin (Cebus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Santa Ana Zoo: We Don't Lick Monkey Butt Like They Do In China

    Here's a tasty story for our readers to chew on:Gawker has linked to an article about a Zoo in China where a baby leaf monkey named Francois accidentally ate a peanut thrown into its cage. Employees noticed the tiny primate had become dangerously constipated. Not wanting to use dangerous laxatives o ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2012

    Ray Estrella Fought the Santa Ana Elks Lodge and the Lodge Won

    The onetime exalted ruler tried to the lodge into the 21st Century

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    What We Learned, March 10-23: Double Fantasy Live Edition

    ​My being on assignment last week forced my skipping last Friday's What We Learned. Not that anyone noticed . . . sniff . . . It's because I'm fat, isn't it!?! MARCH 10: UCI's Nobel Prize-winning chemist F. Sherwood Rowland (right) passes away at his Corona del Mar home from Parkinson's Disease co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Orange County Fair Elephant Ride is Over

    ​The Orange County Fair Board, facing a crowd of more than 100 that included many animal advocates today, voted to end elephant rides.The news was cheered by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which has sought bans on performing pachyderms around the country, and disdained by Have ... More >>

  • News

    December 29, 2011

    What We Learned

    The Year on Navel Gazing and Beyond!

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Santa Ana Zoo Ends Elephant Ride

    ​Today's city of Santa Ana announcement that it is ending elephant rides at Santa Ana Zoo was cheered by animal rights activists. "Following more than a year of pressure from PETA, the Animal Protection and Rescue League, Animal Defenders International (ADI), and celebrities including Charo and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Kinkajou From South America Somehow Winds Up in Santa Ana

    Wikipedia CommonsDon't worry, this kinkajou is yawning.​Just to be clear, a kinkajou is not a sex act performed in the back alleys of Thailand. It's the South American cousin to the raccoon. And one wandering near a Santa Ana elementary school was scooped up in October.After brief stays at county ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Frank Mickadeit Wants To Hurt Somebody Tonight

    R.Scott Moxley / OC WeeklyHere's the leaner, meaner Frank Mickadeit​On July 15, Frank Mickadeit, Orange County's best-dressed journalist, took what must have been painful action. He stripped off his natty business attire, hung it inside a locker and donned something similar to my daily outfit: a t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    [UPDATED with TV Star's Plea to End Santa Ana Zoo Rides:] OC Fair Begins and So Does Elephant Protest

    ​UPDATE, JULY 19, 7:29 A.M.: Constance Marie played Angie Lopez on ABC's George Lopez sitcom, and she's now Regina Vasquez on ABC Family's Switched at Birth.She's using her celebrity to issue this plea to Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido: Fire Have Trunk Will Travel as the elephant ride contractor at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    [UPDATED with Lawsuit:] Santa Ana Zoo Urged to Cut Ties with Elephant Ride Contractor in Wake of Abuse Alleged in Video

    ​UPDATE, JUNE 27, 10:40 A.M.: A Los Angeles-based animal rights group today announced the filing of a lawsuit against the contractor who runs the elephant rides at the Santa Ana Zoo.However, the suit does not concern the ride operations that have been blasted by advocates for animals but Perris-ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Online Petition Drive Targets Santa Ana Zoo Elephant Rides

    Laura Goldman, who lives in Los Angeles, read an LA Times article last November about the Santa Ana Zoo's elephant rides, which have been blasted by animal-rights activists and defended by city officials."I thought it was bizarre that a zoo would offer elephant rides," Goldman tells me of her reacti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Santa Ana Zoo Urged to Cut Ties with Elephant Ride Contractor in Wake of Abuse Alleged in Video

    Jay Brockman/OC Weekly​An animal rights group is urging the city of Santa Ana to break ties with the supplier of elephants for a Santa Ana Zoo ride after allegations the same company abused a mammal that appears in the recent film Water for Elephants starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Charo to Papi Pulido: Stop Santa Ana Zoo Elephant Rides

    Charo--you know, of "coochie-coochie" fame--has sent a letter to Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido urging him to stop elephant rides at the city-operated Santa Ana Zoo."Ay-yi-yi yeem whiting tu jew tu bane ..."Okay, that thick Spanish accent ain't working for me either. Let's drop it, shall we?

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    [CORRECTION:] Santa Ana Zoo Defends Elephant Rides as County and Animal Rights Groups Seethe

    ​CORRECTION: Residents cannot get into Santa Ana Zoo free this weekend, that promotion was last weekend. We regret the error. If you happen to pass by the elephants at Santa Ana Zoo, you might want to think twice before going on a ride.That's because the County of Orange has a rule: Don't touch th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2010

    Sunday News Notes

    OC Dems party at the zoo​Today's local highlights include:Jerry Brown enjoys OC lovefest at zooDuring a Labor Day weekend party sponsored by local unions and inside the Santa Ana Zoo, attendees treated Jerry Brown, the state's current AG who wants to be governor again, like a rock star. Seema Meht ... More >>

  • Food

    July 23, 2009
  • Calendar

    June 11, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    To Do This Weekend 4/24-4/26

    Children's Art Festival, Friday, 3:30 p.m.The Children's Arts Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to enjoy a day discovering the arts together. Hands-on arts activities and free performances provide a delightful celebration of the rich and cultural traditions that thr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    To Do This Weekend - 3/6-3/8

    The Classic Lily Tomlin, Friday, 7:30 p.m.Check out this funny lady of television and film live in Costa Mesa.Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA; 714-556-2787 The Godfather, Saturday, 7 p.m.One of the greatest films ever made, up on the bi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 18, 2008

    Night Owls

    Santa Ana Zoo in Lights

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2008

    To Do Tonight 7/9

    THE DANIMALS, 7:30 p.m. Bonetastic! Renaissance Dana Point 24701 Del Prado Ave. Dana Point CA 92629 949-661-6003 DR. CHRIS LOWE: WHY DO THEY BITE AND STING?, 7 p.m. Why? Because they hate you. M.O.U.S.E. Santa Ana Zoo 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. Santa Ana CA 92701 714-953-8555 CREATE A HEALTHIER YOU! SK ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    To Do Tonight 7/2

    World Class Beer Tasting, 5:30 p.m. 'Nuff said. Kimera Restaurant 19530 Jamboree Rd. Irvine CA 92612 949-261-1222 Screening: West Side Story, 7:30 p.m. Catch this classic on the big screen. Regency South Coast Village 1561 W. Sunflower Ave. Santa Ana CA 92704 714-557-5701 See All The Mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008

    To Do This Weekend 6/27 - 6/29

    SHIMMY & SHAKE BURLESQUE SHOW WITH THE TEQUILA WORMS; CATHOUSE THUMPERS, Saturday 9 p.m. Nipple tassels and nylons. Doll Hut 107 S. Adams St. Anaheim CA 92802 714-533-1286 CANINE RUNWAY, THE SEARCH FOR AMERICA’S MOST PAW-PULAR POOCH, Saturday 5 p.m. The next step is an eating disorder. Muttropol ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 5, 2008

    Funky Monkey

    Sunsets at the Zoo

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008

    Libreria Martinez--Closing :-( ?

    *Updated with new info on the bottom... You know we live in dark times when a Macarthur Genius-winning mensch like Rueben Martinez has to close his legendary Libreria Martinez, the country's premier Latino-themed bookstore visited by every author from the legendary (Carlos Fuentes) to the terrible ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2008

    What you missed over the weekend: Part XII

    Jewlicious Festival 4.0, the largest youth festival celebrating contemporary Jewish culture and identity, was held in Long Beach over the Feb. 29 - March 2 weekend at the Barbara and Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center. Reza Allah-Bakhshi dropped by on Saturday and caught internationally acclaimed ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2008

    Dance, Monkey, Dance

    With the skies painted a dismal gray, and my mood darkening to match what loomed overhead, I headed to Santa Ana for the Santa Ana Zoo’s weekend birthday celebration. What’s that, you say? Santa Ana has a zoo? Yessiree. That it does and this weekend, the zoo turns 56. Fifty-six years of caged m ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 28, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 28, 2007

    To Do Tonight - 12/28

    NEW YEAR’S BUBBLY TASTING, 4pm Try extremely affordable sparklers from all over the world that will keep you raising your glass toast after toast after toast.... Vin de Pays, 5103 Richfield Rd., Yorba Linda HOLIDAY LIGHTS FESTIVAL, 5:30pm The Zoo entrance and farm area will be transformed into a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2007

    To Do Tonight - 11/14

    FOREIGN FILM SERIES SPOTLIGHTS TURKEY, 6pm Enjoy (for free!) a special screening of an acclaimed foreign road movie (with English subtitles). Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plz., Irvine, (949) 724-6000 ORANGE COUNTY NATURAL HISTORY LECTURE SERIES, 7pm Orange County: Refuge or wreck? Santa Ana ... More >>

  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    On the Range

    Ridin’, ropin’, rasslin’ & other games of skill & contests of  strength, blazing trails, seeing sights &, of course, Anteaters

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines & Surprises

    Top U.S. Secrets to Crooks, Idiots and Dopers: The Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C., reports this morning that the Pentagon, the guys running the Iraq War, now want Congress to allow national security clearances for government employees who are “ex-convicts, drug addicts and mentally incompeten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2006

    Our Favorite Toothless Insectivore

    For me, it's always been one of those questions.  The sort of question that momentarily intrigues you every time it comes up, but doesn't interest you enough to actually do anything to find an answer.  The question:  How did UCI end up with an anteater as its official mascot?  (P ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 20, 2006

    Lend Me Your Ear

    23rd Annual SoCal Story-Swapping Festival

  • Culture

    June 17, 2004

    Corrupted Youth

    Is Dora the Explorer turning baby minds to crap?

  • Columns

    January 9, 2003
  • Unknown

    November 21, 2002

    See the Wingless Bird!

    See it and weep

  • Features

    March 14, 2002
  • Columns

    January 4, 2001
  • Features

    January 4, 2001
  • Columns

    January 4, 2001
  • Columns

    June 8, 2000
  • Features

    October 28, 1999