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San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido

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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.
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  • First time does safari park I was absolutely amazing took my kids they enjoyed all of the exhibits definitely going to be back. Robert the zebra was a really big hit with my younger ones. 
    First time does safari park I was absolutely amazing took my kids they enjoyed all of the exhibits definitely going to be back. Robert the zebra was a really big hit with my younger ones.  more »
  • I love the park everything about it! Just make sure to bring some type of hydro flask for these hot summer days! Drink lots of water! 
    I love the park everything about it! Just make sure to bring some type of hydro flask for these hot summer days! Drink lots of water!  more »
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  • What an incredible place!! Very well organized in all aspects. Welcoming staff, knowledgeable docents. Large variety of animals, birds and even a platypus! My favorite was the huge aviary (went there three times!). Really liked the sense of freedom for the beautiful creatures - few fences. Several times we shared the footpath with geese or ibis - such a delight! Shall definitely return next time I'm in the area.
  • Wow, an incredible place to take the family. Everything is spot on. Tons of parking that you will never have to fight over parking spots. The experience inside the park is amazing with well guided paths and plenty of resting spots along the trails with places everywhere to grab a bite to eat or drink. I will say that the food options are pretty limiting unfortunately. This would be the only downside. They hand out maps in the beginning of the park to ensure you know where you are and what's available to you. However, they also have an amazing app that you can download that will show your location and also help guide you to where you want to go. This was a HUGE help and was a very nice addition to the experience. I am impressed with the GPS accuracy they have in the app for this to guide you on each trail.

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