CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Date: Sunday, June 5
Time: Zoo opens at 10am; Celebration to begin at 11am
Location: Santa Ana Zoo - Free entry provided for all our guests
1801 E Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Please see pdf map for entrance and parking details.
There is a separate entrance for the Celebration of Life event space around the corner from the main entrance. Please go to the event entrance for in order to gain zoo entry.
Thanks to the generosity of friends and family, we’ve been able to secure memorials for Kieran at (3) places that were special to the Locke family:
San Diego Zoo - The plaque at the Komodo Drago Kingdom is now live.
Santa Ana Zoo - We will have a plaque on the #6 Gondola of the Ferris wheel (the Capuchin Monkey gondola). Kieran’s birthday is 6/6 and he was 6 years old when he fought his brave battle.
Tewinkle Park - There will be a jacaranda tree planted and a park bench installed, each with their own plaque, in Kieran's favorite neighborhood park.
Kieran Patrick Locke was a lot of things to a lot of people and he touched the hearts of everyone he met. Gone too soon, we want to commemorate for eternity the gift that was our strong, funny and loving little man.
Kieran had a lot of interests, but at the top of the list was his love of animals (Minecraft and Nintendo were a close second). One of his favorite animals to research and see in person at the zoo was the Komodo Dragon. As fate would have it, a new Komodo Dragon exhibit opened at the San Diego Zoo the week of Kieran’s 6th birthday this year (June 6).
We have the opportunity to forever remember and honor Kieran with a plaque at the entrance to the all-new Komodo Kingdom at the San Diego Zoo, where Kieran was an annual passholder and frequent visitor.
Update: our goal of $10,000 was met and exceeded and we donated a plaque (1 of only 14) at the Komodo Dragon exhibit, allowing friends and family a place to remember Kieran and his love of animals, and provide strangers the opportunity to see his name and know what a strong young boy he was (not unlike the Komodo Dragon).
Funds raised in excess of $10,000 are being used to purchase a plaque on the #6 Gondola of the Ferris wheel (the Capuchin Monkey gondola) at the Santa Ana Zoo – (his other favorite zoo), a jacaranda tree planted and a park bench installed, each with their own plaque, in Kieran's favorite neighborhood park (Tewinkle Park), contribute copies of his favorite books to local libraries, and/or help offset costs for a forthcoming Celebration of Life event.
The Lockes are grateful and appreciate the generosity of their community.