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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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 Welcome to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where life-changing moments happen daily. Set out on safari and discover 1,800 acres of sprawling savannas teeming with wildlife as well as world-class botanical gardens—there’s no place like it on Earth. Encounter rhinos, giraffes, wildebeest, and large herds of wildlife roaming together. Journey through bamboo forests and come face-to-face with Sumatran tigers. Hop alongside kangaroos and dive underwater to meet the only two platypuses outside of Australia. And experience the awe-inspiring giants of Elephant valley. When you’re here, you’ll discover adventure is in every moment. And a moment can change a lifetime. 

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  • Located 30 miles north of downtown San Diego - and well worth the trip!
  • The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is open 365 days a year
  • Plan a full day & bring walking shoes, sunscreen and water for your adventures
  • Safaris do fill up; book online ahead of time to ensure your spot
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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is an international, nonprofit conservation organization with two front doors: the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. We integrate wildlife health and care, science, and education to develop sustainable conservation solutions.

Our Mission

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature.

A World Where All Life Thrives

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With our new name comes a new logo, which represents a history of achievement and San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's future as a force for conservation.

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Represents our founding of our “World Famous” zoo, more than a century ago.

Represents the icon of our “No Place Like It on Earth” Safari Park.

Not only highlights our groundbreaking work to save the California condor, and the start of our commitment to conservation, but also our continuing efforts to save other threatened birds such as the ’Alalā and African penguin.

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Our organization, formerly named San Diego Zoo Global, is moving in a new direction and evolving into an alliance: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

Moving forward, we will amplify our impact by prioritizing partnerships, transdisciplinary solutions, and the interconnectedness of people and nature, in order to be the most effective wildlife conservation organization for the world.

The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park make our mission, conservation work, and partnerships possible. In turn, our conservation work around the world demonstrates the importance and impact of saving wildlife, and provides powerful stories to share with our audiences at the Zoo and Safari Park. The synergy between our work at home and in the field will create new alliances and empower action on behalf of wildlife in unparalleled ways.

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Collaborate

Building alliances to thrive.

  • Working collaboratively with our committed partners, we contribute to larger, global initiatives that aim to restore biodiversity and amplify our impact.  
  • We develop strategies that further the equitable and sustainable management of the biodiversity upon which so many lives depend.  
  • We seek to inspire our members, visitors, and donors to join us in cultivating a world where all life thrives. Through respecting and valuing our interconnectedness, together we can make lasting change.

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Implementing Full-spectrum Conservation Solutions

Today's most pressing drivers of biodiversity loss include climate change, invasive species, habitat degradation, human-wildlife conflict, wildlife trafficking, and emerging diseases. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance seeks to address and provide solutions for these challenges through our approach to conservation. 


  • We implement full-spectrum conservation strategies that are collaborative, innovative, and multidisciplinary. We want to enhance the skills and capacity of our local community partners, so that in the long term they remain independent, and are much stronger due to our partnership. Our intent is to partner with the local community, share learnings, and further develop skills and expertise—so that communities, and wildlife that shares the ecosystems, thrive.  
  • We apply a "One Health" approach to our conservation work, recognizing that the health of humans, animals, plants, and the environment are inextricably linked and dependent on biodiversity and functional ecosystems.  
  • We protect and restore wildlife populations by implementing evidence-based solutions to address the issues leading to the loss of biodiversity around the world.  
  • We have an expert team of conservation scientists, nutritionists, veterinarians, wildlife care specialists, and educators who innovate to solve even the toughest conservation challenges.

Strengthening Connections Between People and Nature

  • Conservation is first about people. Since 1916, we have created enduring connections between people and wildlife, and our commitment to that mission is stronger than ever.  
  • We believe that a strong connection to nature is fundamental to saving the world's wildlife.  
  • We seek to promote empathy and inspire people in ways that will cultivate a shared appreciation for nature and urge individual action on behalf of wildlife.  
  • We empower members and guests to advocate for policies and initiatives that support responsible collective action to protect the environment for wildlife and people.

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Our Worldwide Conservation Hubs

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance spent more than a year analyzing our strengths and identifying where and how best to focus our efforts. We landed on eight conservation hubs located around the globe that will anchor our conservation work, driving more strategic outcomes for wildlife in these regions. These hubs represent areas where we are currently most invested, and therefore hope to have the greatest return on mission and vision. The hubs promote synergy and collaboration among internal and external partners and stakeholders. Our hubs will help us build on existing partnerships and collaborations, and have greater impact in a region.

Our Partners

We work with several hundred organizations around the world that share our conservation goals and philosophy. They represent a broad range of government, nonprofit, corporate, private, and academic organizations as well as local communities to accomplish our shared mission of saving wildlife. Nurturing these alliances deepens our impact within our eight conservation hubs. These hubs help us build on existing partnerships and collaborations, and enable us to have greater impact in a region. As we look toward the future, conservation of wildlife depends on working in close collaboration with partners with different backgrounds and ethnicities from around the world, as well as right here at home. That diversity is what makes our conservation work so impactful.

Our Most Important Allies

Above all, our most important ally is YOU. Each time you visit the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, donate to a project, purchase an item from us, or share what you know about wildlife and conservation, you have a positive impact on wildlife and help us achieve our mission. Your participation in conservation advocacy and community science programs makes a difference for wildlife and helps build a world where all can thrive. Stay connected to us by joining the Alliance, visiting us online, and following us on social media. Thank you for being our partner in building a better future!

Video Credits: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance would like to thank the partners whose participation made this video possible including Arizona Game and Fish Department, CONANP, OVIS - Organización Vida Silvestre, A.C., Cesar Australia, Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Mexican government in cooperation with ENDESU, Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, Robbie Labanowski, Sacramento Zoo, SANCCOB, Kelli Porterfield, Science for Wildlife, Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya Wildlife Services, and USFWS.

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  San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is an international, nonprofit conservation organization with two front doors. We integrate wildlife health and care, science, and education to develop sustainable conservation solutions. Conservation is at the heart of everything we do. And it starts with that connection we make with people and wildlife every day. Because when wildlife thrives, all life thrives. Play this video and learn more about San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

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We can't do it alone! Our supporters play a crucial role, and we need dedicated partners like you. Join the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance by becoming a member, help fund conservation projects, volunteer your time and knowledge, or partner with us to sustain conservation efforts worldwide. Your support makes a world of difference.

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Experience Safari Lake Geneva from the comfort of your vehicle. Purchase a bowl of grain and feed animals from your window. Drive-through as many times as you’d like. The animals roam free, so each time is a unique adventure. Get your ticket today and enjoy a safari from your car !

About Safari Lake Geneva

A short five miles from downtown Lake Geneva is a drive-through animal park unlike anything else in Chicagoland! We’re not a theme park or zoo, but a unique wildlife preserve that is home to animals from around the world. Our drive-through safari is consistently ranked as one of the most exciting things to do in Lake Geneva!

Safari Lake Geneva is a family-owned business and the brainchild of Wisconsin’s foremost exotic animal expert, “Jungle” Jay Christie. Christie had long dreamed of creating a refuge for the world’s diminishing breeds that allowed animals to roam vast acreage. The result is a conservation park for animals in Wisconsin that allows them to interact with other animals, often in herds, much as they would in their ancestral homelands.

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A short five miles from downtown Lake Geneva is a drive-through animal park unlike anything else in Chicagoland. We’re not a theme park or zoo, but a unique wildlife preserve that is home to animals from around the world. Our drive-through safari is consistently ranked as one of the most exciting things to do in Lake Geneva!

Safari Lake Geneva is a family-owned business and the brainchild of Wisconsin’s foremost exotic animal expert, “Jungle” Jay Christie. Christie had long dreamed of creating a refuge for the world’s diminishing breeds that allowed animals to roam vast acreage.  The result is a conservation park for animals in Wisconsin that allows them to interact with other animals, often in herds, much as they would in their ancestral homelands.

Learn More About our Drive-Through Animal Park

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A Top-Rated Safari in Your Car Experience in Lake Geneva!

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Best seen with Kids. Went with Grandkids. You drive through in your car. Windows open, bowls of animal food at ready. Animals stick their heads right in window and nosh- very entertaining! Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

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What a great place! Animals are everywhere. Greatly exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend this place, well worth the cost of admission. You must buy food, the experience isn't complete without it! We will be back.

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What a wonderful opportunity to come face to face (literally) with a variety of beautiful animals! We purchased buckets of food to feed the animals as we drove through. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we circled through a second time!

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A rare experience to see so many animals at such a close range. Feeding the giraffes was a wonderful experience. It is a very well taken care of facility and the employees are wonderful. Grandkids loved it. What a wonderful experience!

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As 3 grown adults- we didn't know what to expect, but we had the best time! Many laughs and great memories. The animals were awesome! We also looked at the animals in the pens. A different and exciting experience, very enjoyable!

Virginia's Only Drive-Thru Safari

Virginia safari park is home to king cheetah, africa's rarest cat, fun for the entire family, experience unique animal encounters, explore our 180-acre safari drive-thru, stroll through our 10-acre village walk-thru, the virginia safari park is open for the 2024 season. plan your visit, attractions.

You can interact with our animals safely from your vehicle while exploring our drive-thru safari, on foot walking through our village walk-thru, or up close during a special, behind-the-scenes encounter with sloths, rhinos, or penguins.

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Important information.

The VIRGINIA SAFARI PARK, a 180-acre drive-through zoo located in Natural Bridge, VA, is NOT associated with the Natural Bridge Zoo, which is also located in Natural Bridge.

Unfortunately, with the recent legal issues and press coverage surrounding the Natural Bridge Zoo we have found it necessary to post this clarification. We have been contacted by many sources that have inadvertently confused the two zoos.

Our official website is www.virginiasafaripark.com. Please beware of copycat imitations. Again, the VIRGINIA SAFARI PARK is NOT associated with the Natural Bridge Zoo and never has been.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Get to know our resident animals. We spotlight a few featured animals and teach you about their eating habits, their status in the wild and statistics, like their average weight, height and more.

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Virginia Safari Park is dedicated to wildlife conservation. We serve this mission by educating our visitors, caring for our resident animals and supporting organizations. Learn more

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Includes: One visit to the San Diego Zoo®, Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Express Bus, Skyfari Aerial Tram, and all regularly scheduled experiences. Experiences above subject to availability.

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Includes: One visit to the San Diego Zoo and one visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park -or- Two visits to the San Diego Zoo -or- Two visits to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Two total visits by the same person on any and all days.

2-Visit Pass tickets valid on any day within one year from date of purchase. Ticket cannot be combined with any other discount/offer/promotion. No reservation required.

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Enjoy visits to the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and SeaWorld® San Diego. The San Diego 3-for-1 Pass is valid for one visit per attraction—three total visits—by the same person on any and all days. Valid for seven consecutive days from the first visit.        

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Discover 55+ top San Diego attractions and enjoy incredible savings with Go City. Meet wildlife at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park,  spend the day at SeaWorld®, explore the USS Midway, cruise the bay with Speedboat Adventures, and more!

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One easy purchase saves big on admission to San Diego's top attractions and theme parks, including San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld®, and LEGOLAND®. 

No need to decide now, choose which attractions as you go. Visit the attractions at your own pace, in any order, over a 9-day period. No reservation required.

Membership offers a variety of ways to visit both the Zoo and Safari Park all year long. Please visit our membership pages for more details.

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San Diego Zoo Gift Cards make the perfect gift! A gift card is valid toward San Diego Zoo and Safari Park admission packages, gift shop and food-stand purchases, tours and education programs, Zoo memberships, and more!

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Opening day - may 11, 2024 10am, sunday may 12th all moms free for mother's day,  friday may 10, 10am to 5pm, special members only appreciation day, we may be closed for the regular walk-through season, but we still have exciting things to look forward to, like a whole season of fun and adventure starting in may 2024, our membership sale is on now and is our best price of the year  grab yours today - this deal won't be around long, safari rocks concert tickets are now on sale, join us for a season of fun & excitement.

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Experience the magic of Safari Niagara where unforgettable adventures await. Get up close to over 1000 animals from around the world. Explore our attractions, behind-the-scenes tours, events, shows, day camps, educational programs and much more! Join us as we celebrate the beauty of nature and embark on a wild journey together. Ready to embark on your wild adventure? Buy your tickets or become a member today!

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Open 7.  days a week 9:30 am - 6 pm, last entry into the park for day pass holders is 4:30 pm, may 13 - jun 9 sept 5 - oct 9, mon - thurs 10 am - 4 pm, fri -  sun 10 am - 5 pm, boo at the zoo oct 6 - 9 | 9 am - 4 pm, last entry into the park for day pass holders is 2:30 pm, june 08 - sept 2, shoulder-season, may 11 - jun 7 sept 3 - oct 14, last entry into the park for day pass holders is 3:30 pm, boo at the zoo oct11 - 14   9 am - 4 pm, herd outings.

Safari Niagara is the perfect place to host your group event. With the option of admission only pricing or we can provide you with a great selection of meal and catered BBQ options we have something for everyone! Group pricing is available to groups of 50 guests or more.

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July 13 & Aug 17

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BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS

Get closer to some of the world's most iconic and magnificent species! Tours run daily, book your spot now!

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Giraffe Experience

Reach new heights of wonder where you'll meet our gentle giants up close, feed them, and create unforgettable memories. Don't miss this chance!

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Rhino Experience

Prepare for a thrilling rendezvous with our incredible rhinos! Witness their sheer power and majestic presence, this extraordinary encounter that will leave you in awe!

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Lion Experience

Get up close and personal with these majestic kings of the savannah. Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to unleash your inner lion lover!

Bear Experience

Come meet the bears we share our planet with. Experience these “gentle giants” while understanding their nutritional needs during seasonal changes and more!

KEEPER TALKS & Shows

Learn more about some of your favourite animals from the keepers who take care of them on a daily basis.

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Giraffe Keeper Talks

Come join us for an up close encounter with our majestic giraffes and learn more information about this species from our keepers.

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Meet the Hippos

Join our keepers for our daily Meet the Hippos Keeper Talk for an up close encounter with our hippopotami, Gladis and Bobo.

Meet the Otters

Come meet and learn more about our Northern River Otters - Rhys and Harper at our daily Meet the Otters Keeper Talk at 1:00PM.

Meet the Wolves

Come visit our wolves (Maggie, Luna and Rain) along with their keeper to learn more about this fascinating species

Rhino Feeding & Keeper Talk

Meet Sabari, the Indian Rhinoceros! You can also have the chance to feed him for an additional fee.

Wonders of Flight Demonstration

Hawks, owls, vultures and other wonders of flight are the stars of this interactive and educational presentation.

Zooniversity

Zooniversity is a dynamic, interactive presentation featuring mammals from around the globe.

Reptiles of the World

Our knowledgeable staff will both entertain and educate you on some of Safari Niagara's unique reptiles.

Giraffe Feeding & Keeper Talk

Come feed the Giraffes. Join us for this unique one-of-a-kind experience with our majestic giraffes and learn more information about this species from our keepers.

Hippo Feeding & Keeper Talk

Meet our Hippo's, Gladis and Bobo and get a chance to feed them from our observation deck. Join our keepers for our daily meet the Hippos Keeper Talk.

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Meet Sabari, the Indian Rhinoceros! You can also have the chance to feed them for an additional fee.

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Activities & Adventures

Splash, laugh, jump, run, play & learn with our many thrilling activites & wild adventures at Safari Niagara. Where fun and nature collide!

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Events & Shows

Don't miss out on the excitement! Checkout our events & shows throughout the year, an adventure that will leave you roaring for more!

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Beastly Bites & Drinks

If your stomach is growling louder than the lions can roar, you’d best head to one of Safari Niagara’s restaurants to conquer your hunger!

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Get to know the animals at Safari Niagara! From majestic lions to playful primates, each encounter offers a glimpse into these extraordinary creatures.

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Whether you're seeking a thrilling family outing, a captivating educational experience, or simply a day of pure enjoyment, Safari Niagara has it all. Plan your visit today and prepare to be amazed as you discover the magic of the animal kingdom in an enchanting natural setting.

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Hippos can open their mouths about three times wider than people can.

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Japan Zoo Discovers Male Resident Hippo Is Actually a Female After 7 Years

"We recognize the importance of reconfirming the sex of introduced animals, and will take precautions to ensure that this does not happen again," said the zoo

A zoo in Japan has learned a new critical detail about one of its resident hippos — its sex.

The Osaka Tennoji Zoo revealed on its website that Gen-chan, a hippo taken in as a male from Mexico's Africam Safari in 2017 at age 5, is actually a female.

According to the zoo, Mexican zoo officials told them Gen-chan was a male when they took him in, and "the documents required for import also indicated that it was a male."

While they initially had "no doubts" about Gen-chan's sex, they recalled noticing that the animal never displayed "male-specific behaviors" as it grew older.

According to the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library's website , typical behaviors of male hippos include "jaw-to-jaw sparring and yawning contests at adolescence" and being "territorial" in water.

Being that Gen-chan's reproductive organs are also not able to be "visually confirmed," the zoo opted for Gen-chan to undergo DNA testing by an outside institution.

"Based on this result, we recognize the importance of reconfirming the sex of introduced animals, and will take precautions to ensure that this does not happen again. We will continue to strive to provide a comfortable environment for Gen-chan, so we hope that you will continue to come and see Gen-chan," the zoo added.

On the other side of the world, another beloved zoo also recently announced news about one of its resident hippos.

"We have some very sad and difficult news to share," Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo announced in a post on its website on Wednesday, April 24.

"We will soon say goodbye to our beloved hippopotamus Water Lily, who has experienced declining health and quality of life following a cancer diagnosis last month. Veterinarians and caretakers have made a difficult end-of-life decision for the 45-year-old hippo, affectionately known as Lily, who will be humanely euthanized early next week," the zoo wrote.

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Local community residents can visit the beloved mammal until Sunday, April 28, "after which time the pathway will be temporarily closed."

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  1. Safaris

    Flightline Safari. Ages 8 & up. $81 & up per person. Soar as high as 130 feet above the ground, with a spectacular bird's-eye view of rhinos, giraffes, and other wildlife in the savanna habitats below you. READ MORE.

  2. Animals & Gardens

    BAJA GARDEN AND OLD WORLD SUCCULENT GARDEN. Succulent. The word conjures up images of things delectable and desirable, and that's what you'll find in the oases of extraordinary plants at the Safari Park called the Old World Succulent Garden and the Baja Garden. LEARN MORE.

  3. Ultimate Safari

    Choose either a 5-hour or 7-hour Ultimate Safari, and enjoy exploring the Park with your own personal tour guide. Each Ultimate Safari is tailored to your interests and includes a sit-down lunch. This very popular tour requires advance reservations (minimum 72 hours) and is subject to availability. Call 619-718-3000 to reserve your Ultimate Safari.

  4. San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Welcome to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where life-changing moments happen daily. Set out on safari and discover 1,800 acres of sprawling savannas teeming with wildlife as well as world-class botanical gardens—there's no place like it on Earth. Encounter rhinos, giraffes, wildebeest, and large herds of wildlife roaming together.

  5. Plan Your Visit

    Safari Park. 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027-7017. The Safari Park is the San Diego Zoo's sister park to the northeast in Escondido. Distance between the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is 35 miles. Please allow 45 minutes to 1 hour travel time.

  6. About SDZWA

    The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park make our mission, conservation work, and partnerships possible. In turn, our conservation work around the world demonstrates the importance and impact of saving wildlife, and provides powerful stories to share with our audiences at the Zoo and Safari Park. The synergy between our work at home ...

  7. The Zoo: San Diego

    Lights, Camera, Wildlife! The Zoo: San Diego has returned for a second season on Animal Planet and discovery+, offering an all-access look at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.Follow the wildlife care specialists and veterinarians who have dedicated their lives to caring for the birds, mammals, reptiles, and aquatic wildlife that call the Zoo and Safari Park home.

  8. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

    Discover. A world of fun and facts for wildlife explorers and teachers awaits on San Diego Zoo Wildlife Explorers. There are great reading options for both youths and adults in the works of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Press, and many opportunities to explore interactive web-based training courses on Academy.

  9. North Georgia Wildlife Park

    Safari Drive Thru. Animal Experiences. Park Happenings-Safari Fun Run-Behind the Scenes Tours ... Or We can Bring the ZOO TO YOU! Great for Schools, Parties, Festivals and more! Click here for more info. Directions. FAQ. Contact Us. 2912 Paradise Valley Rd Cleveland, GA 30528

  10. Safari Lake Geneva

    Drive-Through Animal Park General Admission. From $15.95 - $22.95. Experience Safari Lake Geneva from the comfort of your vehicle. Purchase a bowl of grain and feed animals from your window. Drive-through as many times as you'd like. The animals roam free, so each time is a unique adventure. Get your ticket today and enjoy a safari from your car!

  11. What's new at the Zoo, Safari Park in 2024?

    ESCONDIDO, Calif. — The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a world-class experience with 1,800 acres of sprawling savannas teeming with wildlife and botanical gardens. They want to let everyone know ...

  12. Virginia Safari Park, U.S. Zoo

    229 Safari Lane, Natural Bridge, VA 24578, Phone: 540-291-3205 ©2024 VIRGINIA SAFARI PARK designed and developed by atlantis-labs.net and powered by atlantis-cms.com

  13. ALOHA SAFARI PARK

    Adults: $15. Children Ages 2-11: $13. Seniors Ages 65+: $13. Children under 2 are free. ~We accept Cash & Credit Cards~. (there is a 4% fee for all card transactions) Our Animals. At Aloha Safari Park you will see a variety of different animals including, tigers, zebras, monkeys, lemurs and more! Contact Us.

  14. Tickets

    Includes: One visit to the San Diego Zoo and one visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park -or- Two visits to the San Diego Zoo -or- Two visits to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Two total visits by the same person on any and all days. 2-Visit Pass tickets valid on any day within one year from date of purchase.

  15. Safari Niagara Home Page

    Start Your Wild Adventure. Experience the magic of Safari Niagara where unforgettable adventures await. Get up close to over 1000 animals from around the world. Explore our attractions, behind-the-scenes tours, events, shows, day camps, educational programs and much more! Join us as we celebrate the beauty of nature and embark on a wild journey ...

  16. Monarto Safari Park largest safari park outside of Africa

    Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction. Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging.

  17. Safari Zoo Cumbria

    Safari Zoo Cumbria - Animal Wildlife Park & Feeding Experiences. Home to over 1,000 of the rarest animals, get as close as possible to experience these amazing creatures & participate in animal feeding experiences.

  18. Cincinnati Zoo

    The Cincinnati Zoo, an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) since 1978, is internationally known for its success in the protection and propagation of endangered animals and plants and engages in research and conservation projects worldwide. Learn more about the Cincinnati Zoo, internationally known for its success in ...

  19. Memphis Zoo

    Tickets are also available for purchase on-site upon arrival. Guests under 17 need to be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or above (last admission an hour before the zoo closes). PricePriceWeekendsWKND. Adult/Youth (AGES 12 & UP)$24.95$24.95. Child (AGES 2-11)$19.95$19.95.

  20. Moscowzoo Web Site

    We have a newborn takin! We're not sure about the sex yet, but a baby takin is always good news. Takins are rare animals in European zoos, especially this very subspecies — Sichuan takin. The animal is on the IUCN Red List. VENOMOUS BEAUTY.

  21. Zoo Discovers Male Resident Hippo Is a Female After 7 Years

    Japan's Osaka Tennoji Zoo revealed on its website that Gen-chan, a hippo taken in as a male from Mexico's Africam Safari in 2017 at age 5, is actually a female.

  22. Animals of the Moscow Zoo

    My zoo Become a volunteer Become a guardian Our guardians Ask a question to a specialist List of sales and purchases of animals of the Moscow Zoo Bats Rehabilitation Center of the Moscow Zoo Conservation of the Russian desman. For specialists Online store Version for the visually impaired Login via mos.ru.