SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California zoo says it will reapply for accreditation after it was stripped earlier this year because the monkey habitats are outdated.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums says it's heartened by Santa Ana Zoo's efforts to upgrade its facilities, but more work needs to be done.

The AZA pulled the zoo's accreditation in April and denied its appeal in June.

Since it opened in 1952, Santa Ana Zoo has been known as the "monkey zoo." As of Tuesday, it had 57 monkeys of 14 species housed across 16 exhibits.

Zoo director Kent Yamaguchi tells the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/2fsJmKW) that the institution remains committed to saving its animals from extinction.

The zoo can apply again for accreditation as soon as March.