Anonymous writes about his/her memories, which includes "Prentiss Park Zoo"...
Lion Country SafariI don't know if it ever was called "Prentiss Park Zoo", I remember it as Santa Ana Zoo. But I do remember visiting there. This was in the 1980s, I think around 1980 actually. I was amazed by the fact that they had animals in cages.
My husband drove past it daily from our house in Aliso Viejo to Irvine daily before we left CA..
Japanese Deer Park
Remember that awesome place? Those sweet deer??
Waaay back, when Prentiss Park Zoo was FREE and fun!
Consider the fact that I had lived in San Diego prior to then, and was accustomed to San Diego Zoo, where animals were featured in exhibits with living plants, water, rocks, and dirt, etc., not just concrete floors and iron bars.
But it explained to why all those old Looney Toons cartoons of the 1940s would often depict lions living in jail cells.
Of course the Santa Ana Zoo is still there today, but I've never been back.