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San Diego Zoo Global
SAN DIEGO ZOO 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 100-acre wildlife sanctuary San Diego Zoo is home to over 12,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies. The Zoo is also an accredited botanical garden, caring for more than 700,000 individual plants, including a prominent curated collection of close to 13,000 specimens, representing 3,100 species. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park. Guests are invited to take part in exciting educational experiences and create lasting memories, while supporting San Diego Zoo Global’s conservation efforts to save wildlife worldwide.
2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92112
Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks has transformed 8 acres of the Zoo into six habitats that spotlight the amazing biodiversity found on the African continent, ranging from savanna to shore. Africa Rocks’ gently winding, ADA-accessible pathway leads guests through different types of African habitats—including Cape Fynbos, with African penguins; West African forest, with African dwarf crocodiles; Acacia Woodland, with African birds, leopards, and vervet monkeys; Ethiopian Highlands, with hamadryas baboons, geladas and Nubian ibex; Kopje, with dwarf mongooses, bateleur eagles, servals, meerkats, klipspringers and rock hyrax; and Madagascar Forest, with fossas, honey badgers, lemurs and Coquerel’s sifakas.
Animals in Action gives guests an opportunity to meet many of the San Diego Zoo's animal ambassadors. Wildlife care specialists share their amazing inside stories as guests watch animals climb, jump and balance, just as they do in their native habitats. Guests also journey to off-view areas to meet other animal ambassadors and learn more about them. This fun and interactive experience shows how the San Diego Zoo cares for wildlife, and what we are doing to help protect and save species—here and around the world.
The Busy Bee Oasis Lounge is a private retreat where guests can rest, unwind and take a break. Household groups can reserve this new, exclusive lounge area, furnished with lounge chairs, and a high-top table and chairs. This is the perfect place for guests to relax between enjoying tours and visiting wildlife habitats. Umbrellas provide shade, and complimentary water and souvenir sippers are available. Additional food and drinks can be arranged through your host from the new Busy Bee Café.
On our Crazy About Cats tour, guests travel by cart and by foot to see some of the Zoo's most iconic cat species in this early morning experience. Guests are taken to off-view areas with a tour guide for a private viewing and/or visits with some of our famous felines and other animal friends. They visit exclusive locations and learn about cats of all sizes, how our wildlife care specialists help them thrive, and what everyone can do to help cat species worldwide. Tour restricted to family groups only.
The Inside Look Tour is an entertaining and educational two-hour adventure that offers special, rarely seen views and fascinating information about how we care for wildlife. It is filled with experiences and stories that guests can’t get anywhere else. Household groups of up to six guests tour the Zoo in a shuttle cart and visit exclusive areas. They can see the Zoo the way everyone wishes they could! Inside Look Tours are restricted to household members only and subject to availability.
During a Discovery Tour, guests are introduced to the incredible animals and plants living at the San Diego Zoo. As guests sit back in the comfort of an expedition cart, an experienced guide will share stories about the wildlife of the San Diego Zoo, how our conservation work helps their relatives in native habitats and little things that we all can do to make a big difference for wildlife. The Discovery Tour is a 60-minute program that covers 70 percent of the Zoo. Discovery Cart Tours are restricted to household members only and subject to availability.
The Exclusive VIP Experience is the ultimate way to experience the San Diego Zoo. Our team of professionals will customize each guest’s visit to suit their individual needs and interests. Looking for a journey to some of the most exclusive areas of the most famous zoo in the world? Like to get up close and personal with animal ambassadors? The Exclusive VIP Experience is guests’ key to off-view areas, wildlife interactions and the very best in personalized service. Guests spend up to five hours exploring the Zoo with a personal tour guide. Each Exclusive VIP Experience is tailored to an individual guest’s interests and includes a sit-down lunch at a Zoo restaurant. The Exclusive VIP Experience is restricted to household members only.
During our Sunrise Surprise Stroll, guests can walk the grounds with experienced Zoo educators as they share the latest updates on our wildlife and the “inside secrets” of what’s going on, all before the Zoo opens for the day. Each month is different, and participants won’t know what they’ll see and learn until they get here! This is a 90-minute walking tour to areas in natural hills and valleys, and includes breakfast muffins and coffee. (Temporarily unavailable.)
Plant Days and Orchid Odyssey
Monthly, third Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The San Diego Zoo is the home of a world-class botanical garden. Its lush, peaceful landscape includes thousands of plants representing more than 3,100 different species. During Plant Days and Orchid Odyssey, visitors can enjoy self-guided horticulture tours and a special botanical bus tour, and the Orchid House is open to the public. (Temporarily unavailable.)
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.
Oct. 9–11, 16–18 and 23–25, 2020
This seasonal celebration is included with Zoo admission, as part of Kids Free presented by Mission Federal Credit Union. The colorful, glowing extravaganza will give guests the chance to enjoy ghoulishly fun activities and Halloween-themed entertainment. During HalGLOWeen festivities, the Zoo will close at 8 p.m.
Jungle Bells presented by California Coast Credit Union
Nov. 27–29; Dec. 4–6, 11–13, 18–23 and 25–31, 2020; and Jan. 1–3, 2021
Familiar holiday traditions take on a wild twist at the Zoo’s Jungle Bells celebration. The Zoo will be aglow with holiday cheer and decorations, with music filling the air, joyful roaming entertainers, and special meals and sweets to choose from. During Jungle Bells festivities, the Zoo will close at 8 p.m.
Albert’s Restaurant, located in Lost Forest in the heart of the Zoo, offers full-service dining featuring chef-inspired plates, a patio with a private waterfall and a full-service bar.
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours seasonally
*Hours subject to change
1-Day Pass (includes Skyfari Aerial Tram, Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Express Bus 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: Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Bus.)
Parking is free.
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)