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SAN DIEGO ZOO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Public Relations
619-685-3291

WEBSITE:
SDZWA.org

SAN DIEGO ZOO 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.

A 100-acre wildlife sanctuary, the San Diego Zoo is home to over 12,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies. Located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park, the Zoo is also an accredited botanical garden, caring for more than 700,000 individual plants, including a prominent accredited collection of close to 13,000 specimens, representing 3,100 species. Guests are invited to take part in exciting educational experiences and create lasting memories, while supporting San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s conservation efforts to save wildlife worldwide.

LOCATION:            
2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92112

NOTEWORTHY HABITAT:                
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.

SPECIAL EXPERIENCES:     
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. Admission is separate and required.

(Animal experiences are subject to change, based on the animals’ health and safety needs)

During the Early Morning Cheetah Experience, guests will have the opportunity to meet the Zoo’s world-famous cheetah wildlife care specialists and one of the cat ambassadors. In this two-hour cart tour, guests view African animal habitats around the Zoo, learn about the care and conservation of wildlife, and visit off-view areas not open to the public. A private guide will escort guests around the Zoo in a deluxe cart that has been outfitted with special screens, to socially distance guests from the guide. This private tour is perfect for a family outing; pricing is for the entire cart, up to six household members allowed. Early Morning Cheetah Experience tours 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.

(To ensure safety and comfort, tour locations, vehicles, and animal experiences may be modified to abide by current public health and safety guidelines)

On the 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. Crazy About Cats tours 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 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. Each tour is only offered as a private buyout with a maximum capacity of six household members.
(Animal experiences are subject to change based on the animals’ health and safety needs)

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. Each tour is only offered as a private buyout with a maximum capacity of six household members. Admission is separate and required. Guests can inquire about Spanish-language-only tours.
(Animal experiences are subject to change, based on the animals’ health and safety needs)

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 tours 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. Experience requires advance reservations (minimum 72 hours).

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES:            
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.)

Mission: Spring Adventure!
March 27–April 11, 2021
This springtime experience at the San Diego Zoo offers numerous entertainment and educational opportunities, and provides families a chance to explore the Animal Kingdom, learn about conservation and enjoy some fun, safe family time.

Rendezvous In The Zoo (R*I*T*Z)
June 5, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to midnight
This black-tie fund-raiser benefits the conservation efforts at the San Diego Zoo, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and around the globe. It features dining and dancing under the stars, as well as an auction, encounters with exotic animals and live entertainment.

Nighttime Zoo
June 11–Sept. 6, 2021
Nighttime Zoo offers visitors a different perspective on the Zoo. The summertime experience includes later hours and special live performances from a variety of artists, but wildlife continues to steal the show. During Nighttime Zoo, the San Diego Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

San Diego Zoo Food, Wine & Brew Celebration
Sept. 18, 2021
This annual fundraiser for San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance features gourmet cuisine, wines and beers from San Diego's finest eateries, brewers, and vintners; plus live entertainment, a silent auction and up-close wildlife encounters.

Kids Free
Oct. 1–31, 2021
Throughout the entire 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.

HalGLOWeen
Oct.1–3, 8–9, 15–17,22–24, 29–31, 2021
This seasonal celebration is included with Zoo admission, as part of Kids Free. The colorful, glowing extravaganza gives guests the chance to enjoy fun seasonal activities and Halloween-themed entertainment. During HalGLOWeen festivities, the Zoo stays open until 9 p.m.

Jungle Bells Proudly Supported by California Coast Credit Union
Dec. 10–23 and 25–31, 2021; and Jan. 1–2, 2022
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 food items and sweets available. During Jungle Bells festivities, the Zoo will close at 8 p.m.

NOTABLE DINING:                    
Busy Bee Café
, the Zoo's newest eatery, offers honey corn dogs, triple-trouble burgers, pizza and wings, plus Family Meal portions of pizza, Hebrew National® hot dogs and corn dogs.

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.
(Albert's is currently open for patio dining, weather permitting, and take-out only.)

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

*Hours subject to change

ADMISSION*:
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:               
Parking is free.

PHONE:                   
619-231-1515

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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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