Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA  93103
(805) 962-5339 (Phone)   |   (805) 962-1673 (Fax)
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Snow Leopard Festival + Sledding at the Zoo
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   Beautiful and elusive, snow leopards are highly endangered and the subject of celebration at this Zoo event. Kids sled down the Zoo’s “mini-Himalayan” mountains and play in the snow area. There are also snow leopard arts and crafts, and photos with Santa. Cost: festival is free with Zoo admission.
   Many of the Zoo’s animal residents, including the highly endangered big cats honored at this festival, will also sniff, taste, explore, roll in, and romp in the rare blizzard. This includes meerkats, Asian small clawed otters, Barnyard animals, and others. The Zoo’s two snow leopards are Everett, aged 18, and female Zoe, aged 13. Though they aren’t breeding, they are part of a cooperative management breeding program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Everett is now the oldest snow leopard living in an accredited AZA zoo.
   There are six sledding runs, including two bunny slopes for younger children. The snow play area has snowshoeing with special snowshoes to make animal tracks, a place to “paint” in the snow using watercolors, snowman-making supplies, and a holiday card craft area. A snow-leopard related craft is part of the Explore Store’s weekly Year of the Explorer. There’s also face painting, climbs on the 25-foot tall “Mount Everest” climbing wall, and pictures with Santa.
   Sledding is $3 and are sold at Zoo’s front gate and at the snow area. There are no advance sales. Regular admission is still required to enter the Zoo. Sledding is for children aged 4 to 12 only. No adult sledding. Sleds are provided–no personal sleds. Snow play area is open to children 12 and under. The climbing wall is $5 per person, with a minimum weight of 45 pounds. For more information call 962-5339 or visit
   Event Category & Type:  Other Misc. Event ( Misc. Events (No Leisure/Rec./Sport))

   Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA  93103

   Admission:  FREE to those who qualify
   Phone:  (805) 962-5339
   Internet:  Website

   This event is ..... Open to the Public, Outdoors, Handicapped Accessible, Smoking Permitted, but with some restrictions, Cell Phones & Pagers Permitted, but with some restrictions, Cameras & Recording Permitted, but with some restrictions, NO Pets & Animals, All Welcome, Casual


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