RLizard sitting atop a large boulder in Reptile Mesa exhibit.
Plants

Reptile Mesa

At A Glance

  • Location: Discovery Outpost
  • Reptile Mesa has all kinds of exotic-looking plants (including, appropriately, dragon trees!) from all kinds of exotic locations. The task of maintaining a varied plant collection while creating natural habitats for the animal residents can be challenging. For example, in the green iguana exhibit on Reptile Mesa, the evergreen shrub, Xylosma sp., was selected because it is not a particularly flavorful plant from an iguana's point of view—so, the lizards would not consume it as fast as we planted it, which can often occur. Moreover, this plant is sturdy enough to allow these large-bodied lizards, which can weigh up to 8 or 10 pounds (3 to 5 kilograms), to bask on top of them.

    koala with joey

    Australian Wildlife Relief

    Plush-crested Jay in the Zoo's Parker Aviary
    ZOONOOZ

    The Brainy Bunch

    Meet Some Smart Birds
    Mother polar bear with cub.
    ZOONOOZ

    Tracking Polar Bears...and More!

    Keeping Tabs in the Wild
    Masai giraffe
    GO BEHIND THE SCENES

    INSIDE LOOK TOURS

    Young brother and sister, mother and father wearing matching San Diego Zoo t-shirts.
    SHOPZOO

    ZOO FAMILY APPAREL

    Hotel with pool
    Creature Comforts

    PREFERRED HOTELS