"There is a zoo in Santa Ana?" is the response you will most likely hear when telling comrades about your prior/future excursion to this hidden gem. But yes, there is a zoo, located about a mile off the 5 in Santa Ana! Although this zoo can in no way compare to the LA or San Diego Zoo, it did provide for a couple of hours of perusal and entertainment. Known as the "Home of the 50 Monkeys," the Santa Ana Zoo can definitely boast about the diverse and immense population of monkeys in this animal haven. My favorites were the Pygmy Marmoset (so cute and tiny!), the Golden Tamarin (like a lion!) and Silver Langur (totally hamming it up for the crowd!) Some other enjoyable attractions were the Amazon Aviary (very rain foresty) and the bald eagle (huge! except we felt kind of bad for it).
All in all, I would recommend that you visit this zoo, just for the experience. If you go after 2 P.M., Monday through Friday, admission is only $4.00! During this time, they do not run the Zoofari Express Train Ride (which I totally wanted to ride on), but I was able to survive without it.
For more information, visit http://www.santaanazoo.org/.