Flamingoes

Early Hours

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park to Close Temporarily

The temporary state-mandated closure is effective December 7, 2020, and will remain in place until the Southern California region's zoos are permitted to reopen by the state of California. We are monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation closely and coordinating with public health officials. We look forward to welcoming our valued guests back to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park soon. 

 

Early Hours Are Moving


To ensure your safety, and to allow for proper social distancing during your visit, Early Hours will be moving. Beginning in January 2021, Early Hours are moving to select Sundays each month at both the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park! 

Early hours are an exclusive benefit for members of our Keeper's Club, Curator's Club, Director's Club, President's Clubs, and Circle of Friends. This extra hour gives you the opportunity to visit the Zoo and Safari Park an hour before we open to the general public on select days of the year.
 

San Diego Zoo


Enjoy the early morning sights and sounds of the Zoo an hour before it opens to the general public. This exclusive opportunity takes place on one day each month (see dates below) between 8 and 8:45 a.m. To join us, simply present your qualifying membership card and reservation confirmation at the Zoo's main entrance beginning at 8 a.m.

2020 Early Hours:

  • Friday, December 11, 2020  CANCELED

2021 Early Hours:

  • Sunday, February 7, 2021
  • Sunday, March 7, 2021
  • Sunday, April 18, 2021
  • Sunday, May 2, 2021
  • Sunday, June 13, 2021
  • Sunday, July 11, 2021
  • Sunday, August 15, 2021
  • Sunday, September 12, 2021
  • Sunday, October 3, 2021
  • Sunday, November 14, 2021
  • Sunday, December 12, 2021

 

San Diego Zoo Safari Park


Enjoy sunrise over the savanna with herds of giraffes, rhinos, cape buffalo, and countless others from Kilima Point and our African Plains Trail during this exclusive early morning access. To join us for Early Hours before we open to the general public, simply present your qualifying membership card and reservation confirmation at the Safari Park's main entrance beginning at 8 a.m.

2021 Early Hours:

  • Sunday, January 10, 2021
  • Sunday, February 7, 2021
  • Sunday, March 7, 2021
  • Sunday, April 18, 2021
  • Sunday, May 2, 2021
  • Sunday, June 13, 2021
  • Sunday, July 11, 2021
  • Sunday, August 15, 2021
  • Sunday, September 12, 2021
  • Sunday, October 3, 2021
  • Sunday, November 14, 2021
  • Sunday, December 12, 2021

 

Admission Requirements


Early Hours are complimentary for Keeper's Club, Curator's Club, Director's Club, President's Clubs, and Circle of Friends Donors.

Admission is limited to:

President's Clubs and Circle of Friends Donors

  • Member plus associated, permitted guests. Please refer to the back of your membership card for accompanying guest benefits.


Keeper's Club, Curator's Club, and Director's Club

  • Dual Memberships: the 2 adults listed on the membership account.
  • Single Memberships: member plus 1 accompanying guest.


Kids Club

  • San Diego Zoo Kids Club members within the immediate family of the attending Keeper's Club, Curator's Club, Director's Club, President's Clubs, or Circle of Friends Donor.
     

Because of the large number of attendees, guest passes and discount admission tickets cannot be redeemed for Early Hours access. Programs are subject to change without notice. Other activities at the Zoo and Safari Park may take place during Early Hours. Some animals may not be viewable, or some habitats may be closed.

 

Questions?


Please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Contact Us


Use our online form.

Call 619-231-0251 or 1-877-3MEMBER.

Write to: 
San Diego Zoo
Attn. Membership
P.O. Box 120551
San Diego, CA 92112-0551

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

Face Masks

In Child and Adult sizes!
Amur leopard
ZOONOOZ

Vanishing Beauty

The fight to save the Amur leopard.
Gift card in holiday wrap with sloth plush

Free sloth plush

With $50 Gift Card Purchase
Hotel with pool
Creature Comforts

PREFERRED HOTELS