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San Diego Wild Animal Park

2920 Zoo Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 231-0251
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San Diego Wild Animal Park - San Diego, CA


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The San Diego Wild Animal Park, or Zoo Safari Park as it's now called is my favorite. i like that you can see the animals in a more natural setting with room to run.


As stated by a previous reviewer, SDWAP is not the place it used to be. We used to visit it at least once per year, but ever since they replaced the (free) monorail with a tram r...

A step into the wild 6/9/2014

The San Diego Wild Animal Park, or Zoo Safari Park as it's now called is my favorite. i like that you can see the animals in a more natural setting with room to run. more

A step into the wild 6/9/2014

The San Diego Wild Animal Park, or Zoo Safari Park as it's now called is my favorite. i like that you can see the animals in a more natural setting with room to run. more

Love the Zoo! 7/28/2011

I went with my family to the San Diego zoo and I have to say it was really fun. The animals and enclosures were entertaining and most of the exhibits had some interactive features to keep everyone interested. Great place to take the whole family. more

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Zoo Play Days 4/14/2011

We go to the Zoo about once per month. All through April, they are running "Zoo Play Days" where you can interact with the animals. We got to hang out with Po who is the model for Kung Fu Panda. more

San Diego Zoo 6/14/2010

I had the best time at the San Diego Zoo. Their exhibits are very informative and the staff is extremely knowledgeable. more

Great place to go in San Diego 6/2/2010

I took my family to San Diego to visit for the week, and the two main things on our list was Sea world and the zoo. Our favorite had to be the zoo. They did such a great job with the care of the animals and we had the best time together as a family. My kids can't wait until we come back to San Diego again more

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Got to see the pandas! 4/27/2009

i haven't been to many zoos in the past but my guess is that they will not be able match that of San Diego Zoo. They have a lot of animals here. If you had to walk the entire zoo, you'd be in for a lot of walking since the zoo is so large. luckily, the fare we paid ($35 for an adult) included the bus tour guide, express buses (there are two express buses) and sky tram. We used all transportation options to traverse through the zoo. We saw the giraffes - including a baby giraffe that was born just last week, elephants, rhinos, hippos, monkeys, gorillas, jaguars, lions and tigers. All the animals you would expect to see at a zoo. They also had Meerkats on display which were super cute - much cuter in person than watching on TV( meerkat manor). and of course, they had panda bears. The pandas were very active when we went. We witnessed one climb a tree with absolutely no difficulty and then navigate through the branches - i feared that it would fall but no, it seemed most natural. the other was eating bamboo which was very cute to watch. There is quite a bit to see here at the zoo and it appears that this zoo is very eco-friendly - their benches are made with recycled plant materials and they aim to grow as much as the food in the park for the animals as possible (as an example, they grow most or all of the bamboo used to feed the pandas). more

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Variety but easy on the feet 4/27/2009

$35 per adult, allows you access to the whole park, express buses and the sky tram. Great arrays of animals in this zoo, and all easily accessed via walking or combination of bus/walk. Stick around for the sea lion show too. Pandas are their famous exhibition. Late 2009, they are opening up a new area, interactive section for elephants and other wild animals. Must see: Panda, Giraffs, Mircats more

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World standard for ZOOs 1/24/2007

I saw it on TV as a kid growing up in Texas. When we moved here 35 years ago I became a member. As I grew better with age so did the zoo. I have visited several others around the world and this one is the best. more

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What a Looooong Day . . . 9/8/2006

I visited San Diego last year and ofcourse planned a trip to the "World Famous" zoo. I'm glad I did. We started at 8am and did not finish until 530pm. I dont know if we even saw everything. We didn't take any organized tours, we just walked the park ourselves. We had a great lunch at the restaurant. It reminded me of a tree house. One of my favorite exhibits was the koala bear exhibit. They are so cute and very lazy. The whole exhibit is a deck and its eye level with the tree tops so you can see them. Alot of the exhibits made me feel like I was alot closer to the animals than I actually was. The bird exhibit was great too. I dont want to give away all the details. The San Diego Zoo is a must see! more

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Lots of Animals, but Lots of Walking 6/1/2006

I finally got a chance to go to the San Diego Zoo. It was great! They had hundreds of animals from all areas of the world. My friend was kind of sad that there weren't any penguins. But I guess that's what Sea World is for. The park was huge though, and being out of shape, I got really tired by the end of the trip. The prices are fair and I am really glad that the park is non-profit. All proceeds go to protecting endangered species. Food is pricey, so bring your own snacks. more

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San Diego Zoo 5/31/2006

I took my mother and aunt who were visiting me to the San Diego Zoo for a fun day. We got the tickets that included the tickets for the shuttles and tram, and it was completely worthwhile to do so. Taking the 40 minute tour bus is a great start to the zoo, because it helps you get your bearings and see what is available. I strongly suggest looking online before you go to see if there might be shows you want to see and to make sure that certain exhibits that are important to you are going to be available. Also certain animals have viewings only at certain times. We ended up skipping the pandas, because the line was tremendously long and we weren't willing to wait. Going when the zoo opens is a good idea, because most of the animals seemed to be napping in the middle of the day. Definitely bring your own snacks and drinks, because the zoo charges a fortune and the food is less than mediocre! more

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Absolute Paradise on Earth!!!! 4/28/2006

I've been to the San Diego Zoo and it is, by far, the most awesome zoo that I have ever been to in my life!!! I felt like I was in the middle of Paradise with all the beautiful plants and flowers. It's like getting a multitude of enjoyment for one pass. I absolutely would go back again whenever I am in the area. You don't see animals (wild animals) in our zoo like you do theirs. I loved it so much that I bought their book so I could bring it home and brag to my friends!!!! more

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Wonderful Zoo 4/15/2006

I love coming to The San Diego Zoo when i'm visiting relatives around the area. The zoo is amazing and the kids learn so much. The tickets are not pricey and parking was free. The only down side about coming here is the smell, its not very pleasent. I highly recommend! more

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Cool For Kids 4/15/2006

I came to the San Diego Wild Animal Park with my family and we had a blast! My kids loved this place so much and they keep asking me when I will take them back. The park is really big and the admission is not bad at all. You wont regret coming here! more

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San Diego Zoo 4/15/2006

The San Diego Zoo is HUGE and I'm glad I visited it when I was in San Diego for a week. The employees are extremely friendly and even offered to guide us to where the giraffes were as she was going to pass it to where she was going anyway. You could spend an entire day here without ever seeing the same thing twice if you actually stop and observe the animals. We spent 30 minutes alone looking at one monkey exhibit. The most amusing part of my trip to this zoo was the rhino when he decided he needed to excuse himself because it shot out extremely fast onto the wall and splattered. This place has so many trees you would think you are actually in the jungle. Just watch out for the tour guide bus because I was walking backwards to get a good distance so I could take a picture of the elephants and almost got hit by the bus. more

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World Class Zoo 4/15/2006

San Diego Zoo is definately a world class zoo. It has the best variety of animals in the United States and is very well maintained. The zoo grounds are very large, and requires lots of walking so it may be difficult with a young child, but I suppose you need all that space to house all the exotic animals. Even the plants and flowers were well-maintained and enjoyable to look at. The children's garden is a nice place to rest and pretty to look at. The price for the ticket is pretty hefty, but worth it if you are in the are. more

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What a zoo 4/12/2006

This is the best zoo in the United States. The San Diego Zoo is highly regarded by people because of all the rare and beautiful animals housed in their park. The zoo also has a wonderful website. It is a good place to get deals on entrance to the park and other events that are occurring. more

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zoo 4/12/2006

I went to The Wild Animal Park in San Diego when I was a nanny down in Southern California back in 1994. What an amazing place. The animals were great and the habitats were so natural. I remember having a great time and we spent most of the day there. Great little gift shops too and of course, over prices zoo food. My favorite part though was the birds. I have a picture of myself covered in about fifty littlebright red birds, it was great! more

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San Diego Zoo 4/3/2006

My organization recently had our Annual conference in San Diego. I heard they have one of the best zoos in the world. Before going to the zoo or San Diego I checked out this website. It is a wonderful way to do research into the zoo before making a trip. I was able to get some great group rates for my coworkers and I through this site. more
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  • Hours:

    Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm;Sat. - Sun. CLOSED
  • Payments:

    American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Balboa Park, Central, Central San Diego