Hosting more than 270,000 people annually, Santa Ana Zoo — “Sazoo” — is a public zoological garden located at Prentice Park in Santa Ana, California. Founded in 1952 by local resident Joseph Prentice, the zoo is owned and operated by the City of Santa Ana, with operations and funding support supplied by the "Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo" society. The zoo primarily focuses on the animals and plants of Central and South America, with 249 animals representing 92 species, and an expansive plant collection. Species to observe include monkeys, barnyard animals, mountain lions, and exotic birds. A lovely aviary, the Crean Family Farm, a playground, a gift shop, and a children’s petting zoo add to its charm. In addition, the Zoofari Express ride is one of its most popular attractions. The 20-acre facility also is committed to providing recreation and education, while bringing the message of conservation to the zoo’s numerous visitors. Its programs include exhibitions, teacher training, travel programs, guided tours, outreach to schools, and fundraising events.