Statue of Rex the lion in front of the San Diego Zoo.
San Diego Zoo Global

About San Diego Zoo Global

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San Diego Zoo Global is a not-for-profit organization that operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, and the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy. The Zoo was founded on October 2, 1916, by Harry M. Wegeforth, M.D. It currently has an 11-member Board of Trustees headed by Steven G. Tappan; and Paul A. Baribault is the president/CEO.

Tax ID#:  95-1648219 for Zoological Society of San Diego dba San Diego Zoo Global

Young girl feeding hibiscus leaves to a Galapagos tortoise.

Our Mission

San Diego Zoo Global is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature.

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White rhino mother with calf.

Our Vision

We will lead the fight against extinction.

Amur leopard

Rallying Cry

End extinction!

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San Diego Zoo Global is the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 250,000 member households and 130,000 child memberships representing more than a half-million people. Members enjoy free admission to the Zoo and the Safari Park, a subscription to the magazine ZOONOOZ, and other benefits. Both Zoo and Park are open every day of the year.

Hippo mom and baby
San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

The 100-acre (40-hectare) Zoo is home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego
 in Balboa Park.

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Herd of giraffes
San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,000 animals representing more than 300 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.75 million specimens. Over half of the Park’s 1,800 acres (730 hectares) have been set aside as protected native species habitat. It is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California.

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Protective cloth facemasks featuring save the chubby unicorns, safari park gorilla, and centennial lion designs.

Face Masks

In Child and Adult sizes!
orangutan in a tree


Orangutans at the Zoo


Hotel with pool
Creature Comforts