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San Diego Zoo Global
SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK 2020 FACT SHEET
San Diego Zoo Global is an international nonprofit organization that operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. San Diego Zoo Global works to save wildlife through conservation efforts for plants and animals worldwide. With a history of leadership in species recovery and wildlife care, San Diego Zoo Global works with conservation partners in science-based field programs on six continents, and maintains sanctuaries and public education facilities in multiple locations.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, an 1,800-acre zoological sanctuary, is home to more than 3,600 animals representing over 300 species. More than 1 million guests each year see animals in herds of mixed species, in expansive savanna habitats. The Safari Park is also an accredited botanical garden, caring for more than 1.3 million individual plants and maintaining a vast curated collection of over 6,500 specimens, representing 3,700 species. Guests are invited to take part in thrilling safari experiences and create lasting memories, while supporting San Diego Zoo Global’s conservation efforts to save wildlife worldwide.
The habitats of Walkabout Australia transport 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, wander past a stream and a billabong with Australian waterfowl, see rain forest tree kangaroos and cassowaries up close, and interact with Australian animal ambassadors, from blue-tongued skinks to sugar gliders.
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 herds 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 new platypus habitat with the Platypuses 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.
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 own 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.
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 are subject to availability.
Safari Cabanas allow guests the opportunity to relax in their own private cabana and enjoy views of wide-open vistas shared by giraffe herds, iconic 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 are restricted to household members only and subject to availability.
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 Safari is subject to availability. (Temporarily unavailable.)
Jungle Ropes Safari is a daring experience that offers multiple courses, each one containing more than a dozen elements and offering a different challenge level. With rope bridges to cross, aerial tightropes to navigate, swinging log steps to negotiate and moving platforms to cross, Jungle Ropes Safari is perfect for adventure seekers ready to try out life in the treetops. Instruction by trained staff is included prior to entering the course, and then it’s up to each participant to select a course to make like a monkey and swing! Jungle Ropes Safari is subject to availability. (Temporarily unavailable.)
Roar & Snore Safari is an overnight tent-camping experience that overlooks the plains of East Africa, 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 more about conservation 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.
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 your 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. Note: All requests for this tour must be made a minimum of 72 hours in advance.
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, Wildlife Talks and Balloon Safari are temporarily unavailable.)
Children will love the Park’s play areas, including Samburu Jungle Gym, the Conservation Carousel and the Petting Kraal, with animals they can touch. Stop by Nairobi Station to see amazing animals and San Diego Zoo Kids videos at the Sanford Kids Theater. Jameson Research Island is a cooling water play area; the Village Playground is an interactive play area designed as an African village; and the Tull Family Tiger Trail 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, Petting Kraal and Conservation Carousel are temporarily unavailable.)
Botanical enthusiasts can enjoy the Safari Park’s World Gardens, with thousands of plants representing geographical areas from around the world. Featured gardens include the Baja Garden and Old World Succulent Garden, Epiphyllum Trail, Bonsai Pavilion and California Nativescapes Garden.
Virtual Rendezvous In The Zoo (R*I*T*Z)
Sept. 12, 2020, 7 p.m.
Virtual Rendezvous In The Zoo (R*I*T*Z) is an online gala fundraiser designed to help meet the most urgent needs of wildlife at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and critically endangered species around the world. The virtual event is free for all to join, featuring special guest appearances, an online silent auction, wildlife and insight into San Diego Zoo Global’s conservation efforts around the world. Participants who purchase an upgraded VIP ticket can join an exclusive virtual pre-party and receive an Event in a Box—with bubbly for a toast, a gourmet dinner by Eddie V’s, and more.
Virtual San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration
Sept. 26, 2020, 5 p.m.
The San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration is fundraiser for the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy that features gourmet cuisine, wines and beers from San Diego's finest eateries, brewers, and vintners; along with entertainment, a silent auction and wildlife. This year’s virtual participants will receive a Party Box, and have the ability to browse the Food Hall & Market, and shop the online auction.
Kids Free presented by Mission Federal Credit Union
Oct. 1–31, 2020
Throughout the month of October, children 11 years old and younger receive free admission. Kids Free month gives children an opportunity to visit the Zoo and learn about the Earth’s creatures—and the conservation efforts underway to save them.
Wild Holidays presented by California Coast Credit Union
Nov. 27–29; Dec. 5–6, 12–13, 19–23 and 26–31, 2020; and Jan. 1–3, 2021
During this seasonal celebration, guests can wander through a winter wonderland with glowing and twinkling lights in Nairobi Village, Tiger Trail and Mombasa Lagoon. Holiday music sets a festive mood, and seasonal food treats are available to tempt the palate. On Wild Holidays dates, the Safari Park closes at 8 p.m.
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. On Saturdays and Sundays, guests can enjoy brunch from 9:30 a.m until close. Also, on Saturdays and Sundays, the Watering Hole hosts a weekend Sundowner Happy Hour beginning at 2 p.m., which includes special cocktails and a Sundowner Safari Snack Pack.
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours seasonally
*Hours subject to change
1-Day Pass (Includes Africa Tram ride, Cheetah Run and all regularly scheduled shows, 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 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.
As a leader in wildlife conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes on-site wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents. The work of these entities is made accessible to over 1 billion people annually, reaching 150 countries via social media, our websites and the San Diego Zoo Kids network, in children’s hospitals in 13 countries. The work of San Diego Zoo Global is made possible with support from our incredible donors committed to saving species from the brink of extinction.
- Video depicting wildlife and the facilities of the San Diego Zoo
- Photos of the wildlife at the San Diego Zoo (animals and plants)