The San Diego Zoo has been a family favorite since our kids were still in strollers.
Until earlier this month, our last visit had been pre-pandemic so we were eager to see how much had changed - and stayed the same since our last day trip trekking amongst the many natural enclosures that are home to over 12,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies from around the world.
Located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park, the world-famous 100-acre wildlife park is also an accredited botanical garden, caring for more than 700,000 individual plants, including a prominent accredited collection of close to 13,000 specimens, representing 3,100 species.
Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks has transformed 8 acres of the Zoo into six habitats that spotlight the amazing biodiversity found on the African continent, ranging from savanna to shore. Africa Rocks’ gently winding, ADA-accessible pathway leads guests through different types of African habitats — Including Cape Fynbos, with African penguins; West African forest, with African dwarf crocodiles; Acacia Woodland, with African birds, leopards and vervet monkeys; Ethiopian Highlands, with hamadryas baboons, geladas and Nubian ibex; Kopje, with dwarf mongooses, bateleur eagles, servals, meerkats, klipspringers and rock hyrax; and Madagascar Forest, with fossas, honey badgers, lemurs and Coquerel’s sifakas.
A pioneer in building "cageless" exhibits, Dr. Harry M. Wegeforth founded the Zoological Society of San Diego in 1916. The impetus and his inspiration for The San Diego Zoo? Dr. Wegeforth heard a lion roaring from its tiny cage when it and other animals were abandoned after a 1915 expedition. Today, over 100 years later, the San Diego Zoo’s work extends way beyond the zoo itself (and San Diego Zoo Safari Park)
Whether you're visiting for the first time or make this coastal city a frequent weekend destination, the San Diego Zoo is an absolutely treat for all ages. It's a wonderful educational opportunity and a refreshing excursion to get a little closer to nature.
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive