San Diego Zoo Safari Park
San Diego Zoo Global is a not-for-profit organization that operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.
San Diego Zoo Global is the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 250,000 member households and 130,000 child memberships, representing more than a half million people. Members enjoy free admission to the Zoo and the Safari Park, a subscription to the monthly magazine ZOONOOZ, and other benefits. Both Zoo and Park are open every day of the year.
To become a world leader of connecting people to wildlife and conservation.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 400 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.5 million specimens. Over half of the Park's 1,800 acres (730 hectares) have been set aside as protected native species habitat. It is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California.
This park is unlike any other attraction you will visit in California. The animals are mostly rescues, others born into their breeding and re-introduction programs. Enclosures are spacious, clean and natural. This is a great place to spend the day with family, groups, or a couple. My husband and I have been pass holders many times in the past, but no longer live in the area. We were VERY impressed with the new tiger attraction, as that area was previously desert paths leading up to the world gardens. Because they are adding the Australian exhibit, the pathways up to the world gardens are currently closed off, but we were still able to get great news of the park from condor ridge. Every time we visit there seems to be new activities available, like Zipline, ropes course, eateries, tour packages. Although these can be a bit pricey, you will still spend less than Disneyland or similar parks in comparison. The mornings re great for the weather, the afternoon can get hot. If traveling with adults or couples, I would suggest arriving at about 12-1pm, as the families usually clear out by 2pm. This still gives you plenty of time to explore while most guests have gone home. I suggest taking a nap and doing a full loop at least once, and don't forget to visit the nursery, there is an adorable cheetah kitten currently, we could have watched the little dude for hours!
We absolutely LOVED the Safari Park! By far the coolest zoo I have ever been too. The hot air balloon was amazing. It is a totally different experience to see all the animals together in a environment that more closely represents their natural habitat. All the staff and volunteers were very passionate, helpful, and friendly. I regret not going longer than one day.
I loved the safari park! The new exhibits are amazingly themed. The tiger area was magnificent! Getting to see baby tigers in the morning was really cool. There's lots of walking so bring some comfy shoes. The price of the ticket is a really good value. If you live in the area definitely get a pass!
Arthur & Heidi Allen
LOVE the Safari Park. We live out of state & do not like repeating vacations, however, we have come back 4 times specially for the Safari Park. This is heaven on earth here for us. Instead of going to a zoo where humans have all the space to walk & the animals are in small cages...the Safari Park has soooo much room for the animals. How peaceful it is to see animals truly happy in their environment here! Yes, food is over priced but compared to any other tourist attraction in this world...it's a drop in the bucket. You can also bring your own food if u want. Plus, knowing that the majority of all their money goes back to care for the animals rather than the bosses in the penthouses (Disney etc)...we don't mind personally supporting their efforts. It is a pleasure each & every time we visit (& love the veggie burgers).Thank u to the entire staff who care for the welfare of these living creatures & their future. Our future generations r relying on u to help each species thrive. God bless u! 😁
While everyone raves about the Zoo, to me the Safari Park is the best kept secret and EXCEEDS the zoo experience. I was floored at the spaciousness, diversity of animals, the ability to experience the items up close (cheetah run, tour around the safari, feeding of giraffes in the middle of safari, rhino coming within 10 feet while in the safari) in a more natural habitat than the zoo. We also spent the night in the camp area which was an additional plus with deer roaming in our camp grounds and lions & elephants roaring throughout the night. The sunrise over the safari, I can't describe it with words!!