Northern Frontier



What's black and white and red all over? A zebra with a sunburn! Everyone knows that old riddle, but what else do you know about zebras? The Grevy's zebra is the largest of the three zebra species. It can weigh almost 1,000 pounds. And it has the skinniest stripes or any zebra, which run all the way down to a white belly and rump—other zebra species have stripes on their belly. The Grevy’s zebra’s legs are lined with fine striping all the way down to the hooves. It also has large, rounded ears. Some zebras like to live in little groups.

Arctic Fox

A small, round body with thick fur and a cute, fluffy tail help the Arctic fox survive its cold, harsh habitat. Even the bottom of its paws has hair to give the fox good traction as it races across icy ground. But for an Arctic fox, the tail, also called a "brush," is extra useful, since the fox curls it around the face like a scarf when the frigid winds blow. An Arctic fox’s fur changes colors with the seasons of the year. In winter, it is white so that it blends in with the snow.

4-D Theater

Happy Feet 4-D  takes you on an adventure to Antarctica, where you'll meet a lively cast of penguin characters, including Mumble, a tap-dancing emperor penguin. The Martian 4-D Experience stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars who must use his scientific ingenuity to help him reunite with his crewmates in a daring mission.

Shown daily. Opens at 10:30 a.m.; last show at 5 p.m. Cost: $6


Polar Bear

At first thought, a polar bear in sunny San Diego seems curiously out of place. But at the Zoo, you’ll discover that polar bears are right at home, and every day is an Arctic summer day. The focal point of the Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge is, naturally, the pool. From the underwater viewing room, you can see how agile and playful these Arctic bruins really are. In fact, they’re known to swim right up to the glass to check out all the humans on display. Other interactive elements at the Plunge include life-size polar bear statues and a polar bear den to crawl through.

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