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OC Zoo Adds a New Exhibit for Large Mammals

Large Mammals in need of a second chance at life are finding solace and a home at the OC Zoo upon its opening of its new large mammal exhibit. 

The OC Zoo in Irvine has unveiled a new large mammal exhibit, offering visitors an exciting opportunity to get up close and personal with some of nature's most majestic creatures. The exhibit features a diverse array of animals who have been injured, rescued from people who have owned them illegally, or orphaned from their parents. These new exhibits offer these large mammals a second chance at life.

“If the animals aren’t able to go back into the wild, we give them a home,” commented Donald Ziegler, the OC Zoo manager. “Providing them with exceptional care is a commitment we take very seriously.”

The most popular animals include: two mountain lion cubs, Sage and Poppy, found outside an office complex in Thousand Oaks, a mountain lion struck by a car in Northern California, and two jaguar brothers, Ziggy and Mickey, who were relocated from an Arizona Zoo. 

The opening of the new large mammal exhibit marks a significant milestone for the OC Zoo, further enhancing its reputation as a premier destination for animal lovers and nature enthusiasts in Orange County. The exhibit is 2 acres total and offers each animal a unique terrain, characteristic of their natural habitat. 

Zoo curator, Lauren Serrano, commented saying: “The new exhibit is a great opportunity to see the animals up close in a natural setting.”

In addition to the large mammal exhibit, the OC Zoo offers a variety of interactive experiences and educational opportunities for visitors to enjoy. From guided tours and animal encounters to educational workshops and conservation initiatives, there's something for everyone to discover at the zoo. Families can spend a day exploring the exhibits, picnicking in the beautiful surroundings, and learning about the diverse array of species that call the OC Zoo home.

As the OC Zoo continues to expand and evolve, it remains committed to its mission of providing a safe, enriching, and memorable experience for visitors while promoting the conservation and preservation of wildlife. With the opening of the new large mammal exhibit, the zoo invites guests to embark on an unforgettable journey through the wonders of the animal kingdom, right in the heart of Orange County.


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