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~ SAN DIEGO ZOO ~

The San Diego Zoo

has been a pioneer in building "open-air" exhibits and is one of the world's few major zoos to have most all of its major exhibits cageless. A single exhibit, designed around a natural habitat, will feature many animal species that can be found side-by-side in the wild, along with native plant life.

The San Diego Zoo
One of the largest, most progressive zoos in the world, the San Diego Zoo maintains over 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species. Among them are many rare and endangered species. The Zoo also boasts a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants, and some of the largest free-flight aviaries in existence.

PLAN YOUR DAY
Plan your complete itinerary for visiting the zoo. Include the animals you want to see, Keeper Talks, a Skyfari ride, and Tours, Shows, Shopping and Dining.

~ SAN DIEGO ZOO EXHIBITS ~

AFRICA ROCKS

Africa Rocks spotlights the amazing biodiversity found on the African continent, with unusual and striking species. Ushering you into each new habitat are rock formations unique to their regions.    WEB PAGE

Africa Rocks

Kopje

Kopje
Kopjes are rocky islands that stick up here and there in the middle of a vast sea of grassland, similar to an oasis in a desert. In the wild, weary animal travelers use the kopjes as resting areas. Lions and cheetahs use these high rocks as vantage points to spot prey. The kopjes support plants and animals that can only survive within the protection of the rocks.  Zone: Africa Rocks



ASIAN PASSAGE
Don't be too disappointed if all the pandas do is eat and sleep. However it is still worth a trip to see the snow leopards and the red pandas. Beware: this exhibit is undergoing major renovations throughout 2017, the pandas have moved temporarily and the red pandas are off exhibit.  WEB PAGE

Asian Passage

Sun Bear Forest

Sun Bear Forest
Named for the golden crescents on their chests, the Bornean sun bears are the smallest bears in the world. These bears are fun to watch due to their playful nature. They are great tree climbers, and quite agile. The sun bear exhibit sits among thousands of exotic plants simulating an Asian tropical rain forest.

Zone: Asian Passage



DISCOVERY OUTPOST
Discovery Outpost is located on the western side of the zoo. The Reptile House is located here as well as the Children's Zoo. The area also contains the Insect House, the Petting Paddock (sheep, goats, pigs, horse, chickens) There is also a playground called Discovery Playground which has many animals that include foxes, ocelots, hummingbirds, alligators, and tortoises.   WEB PAGE
Discovery Outpost

Reptile House

Reptile House
Safely view an amazing collection of pythons, cobras, boas, tortoises, rattlesnakes, and Gila monsters up close at the Reptile House. Stroll down Reptile Mesa and see rock iguanas and Galápagos tortoises, many estimated to be over 100 years old.

Zone: Discovery Outpost


Children's Zoo

Children's Zoo
More than 30 special animal exhibits, 200 critters, and activities for the youngsters can be found here. At the Petting Paddock the kids can pet a goat or sheep or watch a baby animal being bottle fed and cared for.

Zone: Discovery Outpost.



AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK
Also known as Walkabout Australia. Experience wildlife from the Land Down Under. Walkabout Australia is where you can find meadows with kangaroos, grasslands with wombats and forests with kookaburras and cassowaries. The new walk-through Kangaroo exibit lets you meet the animals up close.    WEB PAGE
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NORTHERN FRONTIER
At the northwest corner of the zoo's compound, polar bears are the stars of the Northern Frontier. In the Polar Play area: crawl into a polar bear den and pop your head up through ice holes. Northern Frontier also includes the Arctic Aviary. Located near the Polar Bear Plunge, this small aviary has a small pond with a few species of Diving Arctic ducks, including Harlequin Ducks and Long-Tailed Ducks.   WEB PAGE
Northern Frontier

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge
An Arctic tundra with one of the largest polar bear exhibits in the world. You can see Siberian reindeer, Pallas' cats, northern birds, and native plants, along with the polar bears. Snow is added to the polar bears' exhibit for special occasions. Some of the most popular animals in Polar Bear Plunge are the diving ducks.

Zone: Polar Bear Rim  (If you're looking for Penguins, you'll find those at Sea World).



PANDA CANYON
The giant panda is a national treasure in China and is protected by law in its bamboo forest home. Bamboo, the mainstay of a panda’s diet, is considered a grass but grows into thick stalks with a rock-hard outer covering. To reach the delicious inner part of the stalk, a panda must break the stalk. No problem for giant pandas, which have the strongest jaws in the bear family.  An Endangered Species.  WEB PAGE
Panda Canyon

Giant Panda Research Station

Giant Panda Research Station
The San Diego Zoo has the largest number of giant pandas in the U.S. The Research Station currently has three giant pandas, but the facility can comfortably house up to six. The newer, larger exhibit area has winding, elevated viewing paths--great for panda watching.

Zone: Panda Canyon



URBAN JUNGLE
The Urban Jungle houses different animals including a small herd of masai giraffes, gazelles, red kangaroos, Indian rhinos, flamingos, red river hogs, and cheetahs. It includes the smallest giraffe ever born and is where the San Diego Zoo's "animal ambassadors" live. 
WEB PAGE
Urban Jungle

Elephant Odyssey Elephant Odyssey
The main feature of the exhibit is the 2.5-acre elephant habitat--more than three times the size of the zoo's former elephant exhibit, in what used to be Elephant Mesa (now "Urban Jungle" exhibit area). African elephants look similar to Asian elephants, but they are different species that live in different parts of the world. In Elephant Odyssey, you can see both species. The Elephant Care Center is located here where you can watch keepers at work.   WEB PAGE

Elephant Habitat

Elephant Habitat
Home to seven elephants. Six are Asian elephants, and one is African. The habitat has several pools, one that is large enough for an elephant to actually swim in. There are specially designed trees to provide shade and food. Specially designed because the elephants could easily mow them down.

Zone: Elephant Odyssey


Giraffes

Giraffes
The Zoo has a herd of Masai giraffes, native to Kenya. There is only one species of giraffe, with nine subspecies which can be recognized by their patterns. Watch the giraffes feed on acacia leaves by wrapping their long tongue around the branch and plucking the leaves off. The giraffes share their habitat with Sommerring's gazelles, an African antelope.

Zone: Urban Jungle



LOST FOREST
Here you will find extensive trails that wind through both aviaries and exhibits. This area is home to animals from the rainforests of Africa and Asia. The trails lead you up into the canopy where arboreal animals are displayed and along the forest floor where the ground dwellers are.   WEB PAGE
Lost Forest

Absolutely Apes

Absolutely Apes
Orangutans and siamangs, indigenous to the same Asian rain forest ecosystem, share a habitat at the Zoo. The two families of apes climb, swing, play and live in a naturalistic environment with numerous trees, play structures, ropes, sway poles, and simulated termite mounds.

Zone: Lost Forest


Australasian Avairy

Australasian Avairy
A special group of aviaries designed to provide a secure place to breed, protect, and at the same time, exhibit some critically endangered species successfully. There are 36 exhibits within five modules of aviaries designed to house multiple species of birds. Each exhibit is landscaped to duplicate its resident's wild habitat.

Zone: Lost Forest

These aviaries are currently home to over 100 birds native to Australasia and is one of the premier collections of birds found anywhere in the world.


Flamingos

Flamingos
Caribbean flamingos have been exhibited at the Zoo since 1932, and they have been at the front entrance for over 50 years. They are the Zoo's unofficial ambassadors. The Flamingo Lagoon features two separate viewing areas for enjoying these colorful, amusing, and very popular birds.

Zone: Lost Forest


Gorillas / Scripps Aviary

Gorillas / Scripps Aviary
An African rain forest simulation which includes the gorillas' habitat and an expansive aviary. The natural landscape of cascading waterfalls, open meadow, and climbing areas help encourage the gorillas' natural behavior. This area is also home to the bonobos, also known as pygmy chimpanzees. Zone: Lost Forest

The Scripps Aviary accomodates more than 100 colorful African native birds.  Zone: Lost Forest


Hippos

Hippos
An entertaining exhibit where swamp monkeys play with otters, and river hippos and pygmy hippos can be viewed above or below the water. Just behind the river hippos’ beach you’ll find a most unusual animal: the okapi.

Zone: Lost Forest


Monkeys: Forest Tales

Monkeys: Forest Tales
An elevated walkway takes you directly through the tree canopy, where you will encounter some of the most rare and endangered monkeys on Earth. The monkeys frolic in the trees and on the beach where the hippos often hang out, giving visitors a chance to see two very different species interact with each other.  Zone: Lost Forest

Tigers

Tigers
Stroll along a riverbed pathway that leads to a tiger's lair where you will view the endangered Malayan tigers. Their habitat closely resembles their natural jungle habitat with a waterfall, pool, and logs to climb or use as scratching-posts. It was built on a sleep slope to give them plenty of exercise.

Zone: Lost Forest

~ CAMS ~

~ ACTIVITIES ~

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

Animal experiences you don't want to miss. Insect House and the Petting Paddock in Discovery Outpost, the Elephant Care Center in Elephant Odyssey, and many "Keeper Talks" throughout the park. This page tells you Where to find the Talks and When they occur.   WEB PAGE

Animal Encounters

EXPERIENCES

Here you will find a list of quite a few Special Experiences you can have, several Zoo Education experiences, and useful Activities. All are linked to their pages with further information.   WEB PAGE

Experiences

PLAY AREAS

Bring the kids to play! There are several Play Areas for the kids throughout the park. This page lists the Play Areas, their location, and descriptions.   WEB PAGE

Play Areas

SHOWS

This page lists the times and titles of the Shows you can catch. Along with each title is a description of the Show.   WEB PAGE

Shows

SKYFARI

Take an airborne trip across the entire Zoo while you enjoy spectacular views. (Oversized and double strollers cannot be accommodated).   WEB PAGE

Skyfari

~ DINING ~
Dining
Albert's
   Lost Forest

Front Street Café
   Front Street

Hua Mei Café
   Panda Canyon

Jungle Java
   Front Street

Lagoon Terrace
   Front Street

Poppy's Patio
   Discovery Outpost

Sabertooth Grill
   Elephant Odyssey

Safari Kitchen
   Front Street

San Diego Zoo Sandwich Co.
   Front Street

Sydney's Grill
   Australian Outback

Treetops Café
   Lost Forest

Zoo Brew
   Lost Forest


Directions & Map     Tickets      Zoo Map

SAN DIEGO ZOO
Located in the northern section of Balboa Park
2920 Zoo Drive   San Diego CA 92101

(619) 231-1515   WEBSITE

DIRECTIONS:
Southbound on I-5: Take Pershing Dr exit. Follow the signs.
Northbound on I-5: Take CA-163 North exit. Then take the Richmond St "Zoo/Museums" exit. Follow the signs.
Southbound on I-15: Take CA-163 south to the Park Blvd/I-5 South exit. Exit at Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd, heading North. The Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd at Zoo Place.
Westbound on I-8: Take CA-163 South to the Park Blvd/I-5 South exit. Exit at Park Blvd. Turn left on Park Blvd, heading North. The Zoo entrance is off Park Blvd at Zoo Place.


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