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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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  • We did the Zoo on Monday and the Safari Park on Wednesday. We were so impressed that we upgraded to annual passes. We'll be back. Disclosure: It rained in the morning on the Wednesday that we went... 
    We did the Zoo on Monday and the Safari Park on Wednesday. We were so impressed that we upgraded to annual passes. We'll be back. Disclosure: It rained in the morning on the Wednesday that we went...  more »
  • Hoping they bring back the Bird show after the avian flu is over. We had a fun day walking and playing and seeing all kinds of animals. Love the gorillas, giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs... 
    Hoping they bring back the Bird show after the avian flu is over. We had a fun day walking and playing and seeing all kinds of animals. Love the gorillas, giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs...  more »
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  • The park is amazing. It is a great way to somewhat experience a "safari" in the midst of California. My entire family (5 of us) spent a wonderful day at the park. So why 4 stars? 1. It is expensive. The 5 of us spent around a $1,000 with all the rides. The entry tickets are about $60 per head. But what you experience is somewhat limited. 2. Not enough carnivores. If you were thinking you'd be driving by a herd of lions, that's not what this is. Your safari will take you by 4~5 animals - giraffes, rhinos, zebras, and some gazelles. Again, safari is a bit underwhelming. Other than that, we had a fantastic day. The kids felt like they had their fill of animals. Food and drinks were reasonable. And a fantastic family outing.
  • I cannot say enough good things about this place! They are a non-for profit so everything you spend from the tickets, food and souvenirs helps the animals. They did a great job with the park set up, tons of land for the animals. It is beautiful and the staff really cares about the animals. Great way to see animals and not feel guilty doing it. While they are in captivity, they have adequate space. On the tram ride the driver said they have had the highest success rate of any park with endangered animals reproducing. They talked about the white rhino being down to 2 females and they have scientists working to "Jurassic Park" it and create a male white rhino. The goal is for 1 of the 2 females to carry the male rhino, if successful. Now that is cool! We met a senior couple there and they said during the week seniors were free. Not sure if this is all the time or just during the month of Feb (2022) or just a special promotion. This is a great place to go for all ages!

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