San Diego Zoo
San Diego, CA, USA
San Diego ZooGet in touch with your wild side at the world-famous San Diego Zoo. This sprawling wildlife showcase—which sits on 100 acres within beautiful Balboa Park—houses more than 3,700 animals in exhibits designed to replicate the animals' natural habitats, and is especially beloved for their giant pandas. Visitors can get up close and personal with exotic species from around the world including gorillas, elephants, pandas, penguins, koalas, monkeys, tigers and flamingos. Seeing the adorable baby gorilla, Joanne, joyfully play with her protective 229-pound mama was one of the best moments of my trip. I could've watched them for hours!
Founded in 1975, the San Diego Zoo is dedicated to preserving and protecting rare and endangered wildlife. If you’re an animal enthusiast or a nature lover, this incredible zoo is a must-visit San Diego attraction; fantastic for families, too.
Megan Murphy traveled on Contiki’s Western Highlights tour as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on Megan’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.