San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido
The 730 hectare (1,800 acre) grounds of San Diego Zoo Safari Park are home to over 2,600 animals representing more than 300 species. The zoo hosts a wide array of endangered and rare animals from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia in more natural exhibits than a traditional zoo. There are a number of safaris, though some carry additional costs. The African tram safari, included in the admission fee, takes you around the park’s expansive African landscapes to spot free-range rhinoceroses, buffalo, giraffes, and more. Don’t miss the lemur walk, where you can see Madagascar’s most famous critter up close. Other exhibits include the gorilla forest, world gardens, and condor ridge. Check the daily schedule for shows and talks. For San Diego Zoo Safari Park and beyond, use our Escondido journey planner to get the most from your Escondido vacation.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Reviews
This was a Sunday and we chose this day because it was not too hot. We walked around and observed lots of animals. The 30-minutes tram ride is included. We could see animals far away and listen to the... more »
We got there 10:00ish and started the walk to be at the tiger when the handlers did their presentation. Everything is well organized and we'll spaced out. There are volunteers everywhere to answer que... more »
Amazing park and experience! My children love animals and care deeply about conservation so this was a must. We loved seeing the animals in their more natural habitats, up close and far away. We were surprised at the amount of animals we could see so closely as well as the education offered in each area. The volunteers were great resources and so fun to talk with - very friendly and helpful! Our only regret was not being able to do more at the park. It was nearly too big to do in one day for a family who likes to soak it all in. This will be on our list to do again!!
We had a fun day at the safari park. The park is very big and it will take a full day so plan accordingly! The tram was great and we got to see several baby animals. Make sure you get to the Cats section, it was awesome! If you can see the cheetah run, it's a unique experience. Get a good spot early towards the ending spot.
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