Red camellia blooms.
Plants

Sun Bear Forest

At A Glance

  • Location: Asian Passage
  • With its cascading waterfalls, bubbling streams, thousands of exotic plants, and Indochinese animals, Sun Bear Forest® is the closest you'll come to experiencing a southeast Asian rain forest in Southern California. You will, however, see a few non-Asian residents there, as well. Whenever the Zoo constructs a new exhibit, there are often long-standing trees that don't exactly fit the new bioclime's theme, but would be harmed if transplanted (such as, for example, a thriving macadamia from Australia). In those cases, the tree stays. Our horticulturists value the trees in their care too much to risk their health!

    Despite the surprises here and there, Sun Bear Forest® has a spectacular collection of Asian plants, including colorful camellias. 

    Diner holding a glass or wine as they sit at a table with gourmet pizza.
    DINE IN THE HEART OF THE ZOO

    ALBERT'S RESTAURANT

    Black-footed cat
    ZOONOOZ

    A WIN FOR SPECIES CONSERVATION

    AND THE “OSCAR” GOES TO…
    Ring-tailed lemur and two small children jumping in front of a blue sky.
    GO WILD!

    KIDS FREE ALL OCTOBER

    Presented by Mission Federal Credit Union
    Hotel with pool
    Creature Comforts

    PREFERRED HOTELS