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Santa Barbara Zoo reopens Thursday with free admission

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The Santa Barbara Zoo reopened Thursday after being closed for five days due to being in an evacuation warning zone related to the Thomas Fire.

The zoo will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and admission and parking are free.

Most animals are back on view except for the titi monkeys and white-handed gibbons. The zoo's barnyard animals, which were evacuated to the Earl Warren Showgrounds, will return Thursday afternoon. The California condors, Ruppell's griffon vultures and turkey vulture were evacuated to the Los Angeles Zoo and will return at a later date.

Indoor activities at the Discovery Pavilion, including a bounce house, arts and crafts, holiday music and movies, and story time, will be free on Thursday and Friday. The Giraffe Feeding Deck and Climb for Condors rock wall will also be free on Thursday.

Zoo officials say the parking lot, public exhibit areas, and walkways have been cleaned, but ash may continue to fall. Animal exhibit areas are still being cleaned. They urge zoo visitors to check air quality warnings and take any precautions necessary to protect themselves from ash and smoke.

Regular zoo hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission prices will resume on Friday, Dec. 22. General admission is $17 for adults, $10 for children ages 2-12, $13 for seniors 65+, and free for children under 2. Parking is $7.

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A zookeeper feeds the giraffes on Dec. 17. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara Zoo)

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