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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027, USA
| +1 760-747-8702
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Escondido California United States
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Escondido California United States
Getting Up Close to Tigers Escondido California United States
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Escondido California United States
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Escondido California United States
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Escondido California United States
Getting Up Close to Tigers Escondido California United States
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Escondido California United States

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

While tourists flock to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, its Safari Park—located 30 miles away in the San Pasqual Valley—is equally interesting. Spread over 1,800 acres, it’s home to more than 3,500 animals and 260 different species as well as a huge botanical garden. Massive, open-range enclosures re-create various habitats from around the world (don’t miss African Plains, which is larger than the entire San Diego Zoo itself), while interactive exhibits allow visitors to get up close and personal with lemurs, lorikeets, bats, and more. The Safari Park began as a breeding program to supply the zoo but, over time, has become a major conservatory project. In fact, its condor-breeding efforts are behind the almost extinct bird’s successful reintroduction to the wilds of California. Note: Early mornings are the best time to see animal activity. Avoid August, September, and October, which are the area’s hottest months.

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AFAR Local Expert
almost 4 years ago

Getting Up Close to Tigers

For a truly exceptional zoo experience, make sure to visit the beautifully preserved and well-maintained world-class San Diego Zoo Safari Park. In comparison to the San Diego Zoo located in Balboa Park, the safari park offers a more unique and personal experience to the animals in many spread out environments, including their numerous caravan tours lasting anywhere from 1-4 hours.
AFAR Contributor
about 3 years ago

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The Safari Park is a 730-hectare (1,800-acre) wildlife sanctuary 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of downtown San Diego (near Escondido), where visitors can check out 300 different species of fauna. All sorts of experiences are available, from guided cart safaris to see the park’s African animals to a behind-the-scenes trip to its Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center, and even an “Ultimate Safari” touring the park’s off-exhibit areas.