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SAFARI PARK

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CONTACT:  
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Public Relations
619-685-3291

WEBSITE:    
SDZWA.org 

SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK
2021 FACT SHEET

WHAT:                      
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is an international nonprofit conservation organization that operates two world-class parks, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and empowers people to connect with plants and animals, develop an understanding of nature, and contribute to safeguard wildlife everywhere by becoming Wildlife Allies. With a focus on global health and the interconnectedness of human, wildlife, and habitat health, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance aims to drive greater conservation outcomes including improving biodiversity and developing strong ecosystems. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance collaborates with hundreds of individuals and organizations in field projects worldwide to innovate and implement full-spectrum conservation strategies. This synergy between work at home and in the field inspires and catalyzes conservation action on behalf of wildlife in unparalleled ways and helps create a world where all life thrives.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, an 1,800-acre wildlife park, is home to more than 3,600 animals representing over 300 species. More than 1 million guests each year see wildlife in herds of mixed species, in expansive savanna habitats. The Safari Park also maintains a vast accredited botanical collection of more than 1.3 million plant specimens, representing over 3,700 species. Guests are invited to take part in thrilling safari experiences and create lasting memories, while supporting San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s conservation efforts to save wildlife worldwide.

LOCATION:             
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027

NEWEST HABITAT:          
Walkabout Australia transports guests to the Land Down Under to discover Australia’s remarkable wildlife, and come face to face with some of the most mysterious animals on Earth, including two platypuses. Located in the Nelson M. Millsberg Platypus Habitat, these platypuses are the only two currently residing outside of Australia. Guests can explore Walkabout Australia’s grasslands with kangaroos and wallabies, see Australian waterfowl, view tree kangaroos and cassowaries up close, and interact with Australian animal ambassadors, from blue-tongued skinks to sugar gliders.  

SAFARI EXPERIENCES:     
The Africa Tram tour takes guests on a guided adventure that travels 2.5 miles around one of the Safari Park’s expansive savanna habitats to see towers of giraffes, crashes of rhinos and flocks of exotic birds. The tram is an open-air, soft-wheeled vehicle inspired by the legendary safari trains of Africa. This Guided Tour is included in Safari Park admission.
(Temporarily unavailable.)

A Behind-the-Scenes Safari allows guests to venture deep into the Safari Park and experience areas not accessible to the general public, including off-view areas at the platypus habitat with the Platypus and Friends safari. During these small-group tours, a quiet electric safari cart takes guests to exclusive areas where a knowledgeable guide shares how we care for wildlife, design state-of-the-art habitats and carry out conservation work in San Diego and around the globe. Behind-the-Scenes Safaris are restricted to household members only and subject to availability. Each tour is only offered as a private buyout with a maximum capacity of six household members. Admission is separate and required.
(Animal experiences are subject to change based on the animals’ health and safety needs)

A Wildlife Safari is a great way to see antelope, gazelles, giraffes, rhinos and more from the comfort of a covered, open-air safari truck. Your private group will journey into our African savanna habitats with an expert guide. Get an up-close view of African animals, including some of our newest babies! Wildlife Safaris are restricted to household members only and subject to availability. Each tour is only offered as a private buyout with a maximum capacity of six household members. Admission is separate and required.

A Cart Safari brings guests amazing views of wildlife—in our African savanna habitat or Asian savanna habitat—from the comfort of our intimate safari carts. A knowledgeable guide will share information about our wildlife, and our conservation work in San Diego and around the world. The relaxed pace allows for a more personalized look at the Safari Park, and includes stops to capture great photos. Cart Safaris are restricted to household members only and subject to availability. Each tour is only offered as a private buyout with a maximum capacity of six household members. Admission is separate and required.

Safari Cabanas allow guests the opportunity to relax in their own private cabana and enjoy views of wide-open vistas shared by giraffes, rhinos and a wide variety of African wildlife. A dedicated host will be available throughout the day to assist with lunch arrangements, share amazing conservation stories and act as a resource for planning a day at the Safari Park. Reservation includes an exclusive visit with a wildlife care specialist, an animal ambassador, water and welcome snacks. Cabanas Safaris are restricted to household members only and subject to availability. Each tour is only offered as a private buyout with a maximum capacity of six household members. Admission is separate and required.
(Animal experiences are subject to change based on the animals’ health and safety needs)

Flightline Safari, a zip line adventure, allows guests to soar like a condor over the Safari Park. Riders enjoy instruction and a short fledgling flight before taking a safari vehicle to the top of a hill overlooking the San Pasqual Valley. From there, riders soar more than two-thirds of a mile over the Asian and African savanna habitats of exotic animals, including rhinos and antelope. Flightline Safaris are restricted to household members only and subject to availability. Each tour is only offered as a private buyout with a maximum capacity of six household members. Admission is separate and required.

Roar & Snore Safari is an overnight tent-camping experience that overlooks the East Africa savannah habitat, the Safari Park’s largest savanna habitat, inhabited by giraffes, rhinos, antelope and more. Seasoned campers may enjoy a Classic or Vista tent, while those who prefer a more luxurious experience should check out our Premium Tents with queen-size beds and other amenities. Campers enjoy walking tours, a campfire program, meals and up-close wildlife encounters. Adults Only (for ages 21+) and All Ages Roar & Snore Safaris are available from February through November, with special themed nights for various holidays and special events.(School Nights and Girl Scouts Roar & Snore Safaris are temporarily unavailable.)

Sun Up Cheetah Safari provides a great opportunity for guests to see what happens at the Safari Park before the gates open. This novel experience allows up to four participants to take an early morning stroll through the Safari Park with an experienced guide. Each group will be introduced to multiple wildlife species before getting a rare opportunity to see an animal ambassador cheetah run at top speed. Guests will then wander to Kijamii Overlook to enjoy another animal encounter, learn about San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s conservation work and enjoy brunch with a view at the scenic Watering Hole Bar and Restaurant. *Participants must purchase their admission before arrival at the Safari Park, as no ticket booths will be open at the start of the program. Sun Up Cheetah Safaris are restricted to household members only and subject to availability. Each tour is only offered as a private buyout with a maximum capacity of six household members. Admission is separate and required.
(Animal experiences are subject to change based on the animals’ health and safety needs)

The Ultimate Safari is a perfect way to experience the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and is the key to off-exhibit areas, animal interaction, and the very best in personalized service. As a VIP, guests will receive a customized tour by the Safari Park’s team of professionals that will cover multiple interests. Spend up to five hours exploring the Safari Park with a private tour guide, or if more time is needed, guests are invited to spend an entire day! Each Ultimate Safari is tailored to individual interests and includes a meal. Ultimate Safaris are offered daily for ages 3 and up. This very popular tour requires advance reservations and is subject to availability. Ultimate Safaris are restricted to household members only and subject to availability. Each tour is only offered as a private buyout with a maximum capacity of six household members. Admission is separate and required.
(Animal experiences are subject to change based on the animals’ health and safety needs)
Note: All requests for this tour must be made a minimum of 72 hours in advance.

PARK ADVENTURES:      
Wildlife experiences, diverse habitats and numerous adventures await guests at the Safari Park.
Wildlife Encounters: http://sdzsafaripark.org/animal-encounters
Wildlife Talks and Experiences: http://sdzsafaripark.org/shows
Balloon Safari: http://sdzsafaripark.org/balloon-safari
(Wildlife Encounters and Wildlife Talks are temporarily unavailable.)

KID FAVORITES*:         
Children will love the Park’s play areas, including Mawazo Woods Discovery Area, the Conservation Carousel and the Petting Kraal, featuring animals they can touch. Stop by Nairobi Station to see amazing wildlife and San Diego Zoo Kids videos at the Sanford Kids Theater. Savanna Cool Zone is a water play area; the Village Playground is an interactive play area designed as an African village; and the Tiger Trail Play Area features a simulated logging camp with play elements such as a rope climb and a log-walk bridge for children to explore.

*Additional fees are required for Conservation Carousel rides.
(Play areas, the Petting Kraal and Conservation Carousel are temporarily unavailable.)

HORTICULTURE HIGHLIGHTS:   
Botanical enthusiasts can enjoy the Safari Park’s World Gardens,
with thousands of plants representing geographical areas from around the globe. Featured gardens include the Baja Garden and Old World Succulent Garden, Epiphyllum Trail, Bonsai Pavilion and California Nativescapes Garden.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES:            
Spring Safari featuring Butterfly Jungle

Proudly Supported by Wheelhouse Credit Union
March 20–May 9, 2021
This springtime activity provides a wealth of entertainment and educational happenings scheduled each weekend. Kick off the spring season at the Safari Park by discovering amazing animals and gardens, and creating memories with family. During Spring Safari, Butterfly Jungle — an optional premium experience — will allow socially distanced guests to walk leisurely through a remarkable aviary that is home to thousands of colorful butterflies, and learn more about them from our wildlife experts.

Summer Safari
June 1–Aug. 17, 2021
This family friendly summertime festival celebrates the season with unique entertainment, wildlife educational activities, and more scheduled each weekend. Safari Park hours are extended during much of Summer Safari, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Kenya Days
Aug. 13–15, 2021
During this unique three-day event, the public is invited to celebrate the people, wildlife and landscapes of Kenya. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in special tours that showcase the amazing wildlife in our care, while discussing San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s many conservation initiatives in Kenya and highlighting the many partners who work to save wildlife and wild spaces.

Kids Free Days
Oct. 1–31, 2021
Throughout the entire month of October, children 11 years old and younger receive free admission. Kids Free is designed to give children an opportunity to visit the Safari Park and learn about the Earth’s wildlife — and the conservation efforts underway to save them.

Wild Holidays
Nov. 26–28, Dec. 4–5, 11–12, 18–23, 26–31, 2021, & Jan. 1–2, 2022
Seasonal decorations, special wildlife experiences and a festive atmosphere will greet visitors at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park as the Park spreads its own version of holiday cheer.

NOTABLE DINING:                    
The Watering Hole at Kijamii Overlook is a full-service restaurant and bar offering fusion cuisine that marries gastropub food with traditional African ingredients. The restaurant is located above the Safari Park’s East Africa savanna habitat and allows guests the opportunity to watch rhinos, giraffes and other wildlife roam.

HOURS*:                 
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours seasonally

*Hours subject to change

ADMISSION*:         
1-Day Pass (Includes Africa Tram, Cheetah Run and all regularly scheduled experiences, subject to availability): adults, $60; ages 3 through 11, $50. Ages 2 and younger are always free.

*Prices and ticket packages subject to change
(Temporarily unavailable: Africa Tram, daily Cheetah Run experience, and Conservation Carousel.)

PARKING:               
Parking is $15 per vehicle for nonmembers; $20 per RV for nonmembers. Members at Keeper’s Club levels and above receive free parking. Preferred parking is temporarily unavailable. It will resume at a later date on weekends and holidays, for an additional fee.

PHONE:                   
760-747-8702

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BOILERPLATE:      
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. Empowering people from around the globe to support our mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance supports cutting edge conservation and brings the stories of their work back to two world famous wildlife sanctuaries at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park—giving millions of guests in person and virtually the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The work of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance extends from San Diego to strategic and regional conservation “hubs” across the globe, where their strengths, via their “Conservation Toolbox,” including the renowned Wildlife Biodiversity Bank, are able to effectively align with hundreds of partners in regions to improve outcomes for wildlife in more coordinated efforts. By leveraging these tools in wildlife care and conservation science, and through collaboration with hundreds of partners, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has reintroduced more than 44 endangered species to their native habitats. Each year, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s work reaches over 1 billion people in 150 countries via news media, social media, its websites, educational resources and the San Diego Zoo Kids channel, which is in children’s hospitals in 13 countries. Success is made possible by the support of members, donors and guests to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, who are Wildlife Allies committed to ensuring all life thrives. Visit us at
SDZWA.org.

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