San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, formally known as The San Diego Wild Animal Park, is located in San Diego County in California. The park is one of San Diego's largest tourist attraction and is visited by 2 million people each year. This wild animal preserve sits on 1,800 acres and is much larger than the average zoo. It has a number of shows, attractions, safari tours and fun stuff to see and do. It is a must see attraction if you visit Southern California or the San Diego area.  

About The San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park

One must see tourist attration to visit in Southern California is The San Diego Zoo Safari, formally known as The San Diego Wild Animal Park. The park is located in Escondido, San Diego County, California. The Zoo is open 365 days a year. The zoo hours vary, depending on the season. 

There is a lot to see and do at The San Diego Zoo Safari. The zoo offers shows and attractions, behind the scene tours, safari tours, activities, conservation education, shopping and dining. You can even spend the night in a tent at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park! You can reserve your tickets online and print them out at home or your can purchase tickets at the zoo. For general information, call 760-747-8702.

Rolling Safari

View the Zoo on a Segway

San Diego Zoo Rolling Safari

Take the Rolling Safari Tour and view the Asian and African animals on an off-road Segway. You must be at least 13 years or older to take this tour. The Rolling Safari tour includes an introduction class on how to ride a Segway. This is one incredible adventure you don't want to miss if you visit The San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

You can also view the zoo from a balloon, in a caravan, on a tram and from a zipline. 

Get a bird's eye view of the zoo in a balloon ride that takes you high above the park.

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Spend the Night at the Zoo!

Roar and Snore Safari

Camp at The San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Spend the night at the zoo and roar and snore with the animals. Experience safari camping without having to go to Africa. Your sleepover adventure includes tent accommodations, camp and camp fire activities, guided walks, dinner and breakfast, souvenir and more. Prices vary, depending on age and tent options. 

Safari Pack

Safari Pack

Did you forget your water? Sunblock? No worries, the zoo offers a safari pack for under $20. It includes a day pack filled with water, trail mix and sunblock. It makes a great souvenir!

Photos taken at The San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Fun Facts

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Opened in May 10, 1992
  • An antelope and a zebra were the first two animals at the zoo. 
  • In 2010 the zoo's name changed from The San Diego Wild Animal Park to The San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
  • 2 million people visit annually.
  • One of the only places you can see a California Condor in captivity.
  • Home to over 2,600 animals.
  • Sits on 1,800 acres.
  • Has the world's largest veterinary hospital.

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Zoo Animal Posters

Zazzle Zoo Animal Posters

Add a touch of the wild and show your love for your favorite zoo animals with these posters from Zazzle. Great posters for bedrooms, nurseries, and offices. They look nice on just about any wall you hang them on. Prices vary, depending on design and poster.

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bill on said:
I went to the San Diego Wild Animal Park, as it was called back in 2005. I remember the grounds are enormous, and the open air feel of the park made it less zoo-like. It's quite a drive from San Diego in traffic, but well worth it.
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Yes, the 1,800 acre park is enormous so anyone visiting should be prepared to do lots of walking. It's a beautiful zoo.
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bill on said:
Come to think of it, I remember this place was one of the few destinations on our trip where we opted to take the guided tour since we were short on time, which I believe was a Tram ride. The Frequent Flyers Bird show was really interesting.
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Bonita on said:
This sounds like some place I'd definitely like to visit!
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San Diego zoo sounds amazing. I am truly surprised that they have overnight camping there. It is like a vacation destination rather than a typical zoo day trip. It sounds like so much fun.

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