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UPDATE: Santa Barbara Zoo Snow Leopard Festival rescheduled for 2020

The Snow Leopard Festival is taking place Sunday
Posted at 8:24 AM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 15:21:29-05

UPDATE (12:15 p.m.) - Zoo officials announced Friday afternoon that rain expected this weekend has postponed the event to Jan. 26. 2020.

ORIGINAL STORY: With rain expected across much of the Central Coast this weekend, the Santa Barbara Zoo is anticipating a blizzard.

Eighty tons of snow are being trucked into the zoo for the annual Snow Leopard Festival.

It’s happening Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Zoo members can get in an hour earlier.

Children ages 4 to 12 can enjoy sledding, a visit with Santa and a look at reindeer Cookie and Peppermint.

Sledding tickets are $5 and available at the front gate.

While big cats are being honored at the festival, the zoo’s new snow leopard might not be on view quite yet.

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