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San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park - San Diego, California
The San Diego Wild Animal Park
The San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park is located in San Diego, California. With over 2 million people visiting the zoo annually, it has become one of San Diego's largest attractions. Here are my personal photos from my trip to The San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, along with information about the zoo's tours and attractions, guest services, shops and dining, ticket prices, shows, and more.
San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park Guest Services
Picnic Area (See Photo)
Located north of the Park Entry Plaza
Provides easy access to attractions at lower elevations
5 ATM locations
Self-service ticket kiosks are located at the park entrance and in the Administration Building
Re-Entry To Park
Hand stamp for same-day return available at the park exit
Stroller, wheelchair and motorized wheelchairs are available for rent on a firsy come, first serve basis
Recycling bins are located near most food stand and throughout the park grounds.
Large and small lockers are vailable for rent on a firsy come, first serve basis
First aid, public transportation information, and lost and found are located in the Administration Building
Memberships are available at Guest Relations
Reserve a special tour at the Safari Booking Station in the Entry Plaza Building
The View From One Of The Decks
Have you ever been to the San Diego Wild Animal Park?
Purchase a Safari Pack for only $18.95 - Includes trail mix, water, sunblock and daypack
Up-close visits with animals and their trainers
Have You "Herd"? With Robert The Zebra
Talk with an interactive digital zebra
Cheetah TalesFrequent Flyers (See Photo)
Free-flight bird show
African Music Station / Storytelling
Music and storytelling
Animal Safari Misadventure
Animal antics in Africa
African Acrobats Of Tanzania
A drumming group
Some Of The Beautiful Scenery At The Zoo
Tours and Attractions
Watch the elephant herd enjoy morning treats.
Customs Agent Greeter
Young adventurers can pick up their zoo "passport:
African Chief Greeter
Meet Chief Kahle at the Gorilla Statue
African Meeting Place
Interactive Ndebele art
Journey Into Africa
A tram tour ride that takes you into the wilds of Africa to observe animals in expansive, naturalistic enclosures (Ticket required)
Balloon Safari (See Photo) (Ticket Required)
Soar high above the animals and exhibits in a multi-passenger helium balloon (subject to flying conditions)
Zoowerks The Ride
An exciting 4-D simulator ride (Ticket required)
Get up close and pet the animals
A playful, interactive learning space
Jameson Research Island
Interactive water play for kids
Samburu Jungle Gym
Safari-themed play area for kids
Feed the lorikeets by hand
Soar like a bird on this zipline adventure (Ticket required)
Greenhouse exhibit of neotropical birds and tropical plants.
Heart of Africa
Exotic African plants and animals, floating footbridges, and panoramic overlooks
Featuring the California condor, North American wildlife, and special gardens
See African lions up close
An interactive learning space for kids and families
Two 50-minute tours to choose from: Africa or Asia (Ticket required)
A unique tour that takes you off the beaten path on an off-road Segway X2 (Ticket required)
Fly high above the animals and exhibits in a multi-passenger helium balloon! $20 per ticket.
My Hand Compared to a Gorilla's Hand
Here is the long-awaited update to the fate of mountain gorillas in Rwanda, as written by the married couple who joined Dian Fossey at her Karisoke research facility in the late 1970s. Although Fossey's is the more familiar name owing to her groundbreaking contact with the gorilla and subsequent grief over their deaths because of poaching, Weber and Vedder have ultimately accomplished far more to insure their survival. Unlike Fossey, they believe that the key to saving the gorilla is to create an ecotourism program that will benefit the Rwandan people. Much of the book is a detailed account of both field research and the political challenges of establishing the Mountain Gorilla Project, but the final chapters are devoted to a chilling portrait of mass genocide in the early 1990s.
You Can Visit The Animals During Feeding Time
*Each feeding interaction last about 15 minutes.
Up-close with the Lions
Camp At The Zoo
Roar and Snore
Camp amidst the sounds of roaring lions and trumpeting elephants. Programs are available for guest of all ages. Reservations are required. Call 1-619-718-3000 for the camping event schedule and applicable restrictions.
Don't Want To Walk? Take A 2 Hour Segway Tour
A New Zoo Adventure
One of the new adventures at the Zoo is the Flighline (Zipline). You can soar like a bird from a ridgetop along a cable over the animals and exhibits. Speeds up to 40 miles per hour over 2/3 of a mile. Includes gear, an orientation, and a practice run.
$70 per person
10 years old
No sandals or flip flops allowed
Herb Garden - The Smell Was Incredible!
Pizza and Pasta:
Mombasa Island Cooker
Asian Rice Bowls:
Mombasa Island Cooker
Burgers, Fries, Chicken Sandwiches, Vegetarian Burgers:
Thorntree Terrace, Mombasa Island Cooker, Samburu Terrace
Mombasa Island Cooker
Fish & Chips:
Thortree Terrace, Carousel Cafe
Congo Kitchen, Kalahari Cupboard, Safari Cones
Snacks, Beer, Wine, Spirits:
Rift Sand Bar, Raptor's Nest Cafe
Coffee Specialties, Fresh Fudge:
Greenzoo Coffee Co.
Thorntree Terrace, Congo Kitchen, Kalahari Cupboard, Mombasa Island Cooker, Samburu Terrace, Okavango Outpost
Thorntree terrace, Mombasa Island cooker, Okavango Outpost
Kalahari Cupboard, Safari Cones
Water Play Station
Interactive children's art and leather brush art designs
Hats, candy, snacks, and souvenirs
African crafts, T-shirts, candy, snacks, hats, film, and digital products
Caricatures & Face Painting: (See Photo)
Caricatures and face painting fun
Take home a wild safari photo
Toys, souvenirs, African artifacts, jewelry, books, home decore, apparel, candy, snacks, hats
Wild toy Chest:
Stuffed animal collection, toys, hats, candy, personalized key rings
Mombasa Island Market/Greenzoo Coffee Co.:
Coffee, drinks, fudge, Candy, snacks
Plants, garden accessories, outdoor decor
Hats, sundries, apparel, film, souvenirs, candy and snacks
A Family Of Ducks Making Their Way To The Pond
A Beautiful Macaw Bird Hanging Upside Down
San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park Information
1550 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, Ca 92027-7017
Information and Advance Reservations:
Upgrade Your Ticket
Upgrade your ticket to get 365 days of free admission!
Purchase 2 tickets plus pay an addition $49 (Adults)
Purchase 1 ticket plus pay an additional $9 (Kids)
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