This world-famous establishment is clearly no ordinary zoo. Walk or ride a double-decker bus throughout this expansive park, ... More
San Diego Zoo
This world-famous establishment is clearly no ordinary zoo. Walk or ride a double-decker bus throughout this expansive park, home to over 4,000 rare and exotic animals exhibited in beautiful garden habitats. San Diego Zoo is also a major research facility dedicated to conservation efforts. However, it is cleverly disguised as a park with entertaining shows and inspiring exhibits like Polar Bear Plunge and Hippo Beach.
I liked the variety of animals.
I very much disliked the so called "shuttle" buses which emit black smoke and smell awful. There are many of them and they getting in the pedestrians way. I cannot believe that a zoological park is so behind the times, in that they don't use electrical or hydrogen fuel vehicles.
Anyway, why bother with them at all? A zoo is meant to be walked around slowly. I won't go back.
Your right the San Diego night Zoo is not what it was, I saw the guy they replaced Zookeeper Willie with, loud and what a jerk when I asked where Willie was, he turned his head and ignored me. I saw another character in a cheezy Zookeeper outfit just talking with employees, he looked old tired and beat, I guess he works at Walmart during the day greeting people.
Very average zoo to say the least. Half the animals were some type of piglike or deerlike creature. If travelling with kids and a stoller it was very hilly and not friendly that way. They did have a double decker bus but it was limited to what you could see depending on what side of the bus you were on. Prices in the giftshop were ridicuously overpriced. Food quality poor. We arrived on a bus where half the people went to Seaworld for the day while the other went to the San Diego Zoo, and the people from Seaworld seemed to have a blast while the sentiment from everyone from the Zoo was very poor. Anyone who claims to have had a great time at the Zoo either doesn't get out much or was on a date and hoping to get lucky IMO.
A lot of up hill walking. Not a lot of animals, lots of open space though. Elephant area not very good view. Bus tour was a joke they drove pretty fast and couldn't see the animals. Most of the animals were inside not active. Way over priced. The Wild Animal park is much better.
As a Silver Passport member, I watched Sea World grow. As a child, I experienced Sea World as a Girl Scout, and once again, some 30 years later, came to live in San Diego and called Sea World my second home.
I arrived in San Diego around April of 2002. New things were going up all over San Diego. One big attraction was seeing a new water/roller coaster going up at Sea World. It was completed, and before the ride offically opened to the public, Passport members were given a special treat. I must have ridden Journey To Atlantis about 30 some times in a row.
I could write a whole book on what I carry in my heart since I left, but I can be certain of one thing, if I ever do go back to San Diego on vacation, I will most definitely make Sea World one of destination stops.
Nice day in San Diego, my expectations about the zoo were there but...
There is really nothing special about this zoo. At times the zoo feels sad, you walk and walk just to see one loudsy tiger? There was plenty of birds and monkeys! but i guess the way they display their animals is different. The pandas were probably worth the 20dollar admission, other than that I'll stick with the bronx zoo.
It is overhyped for sure! well u do get to see the panda and the sleeping koalas..but if u are on a holiday with only limited time..avoid this.This is a timekiller..with nothing great to offer. I am not saying its not a nice zoo ..but if you are travelling rather go to the beaches, go to la jolla, trek at torrey pines than come here .. ofcourse if you haven't seen a zoo before this is a good one to come to. also if you stay in san diego this good for a lazy weekend and if you loooooooooooove animals u might like this ...although most of them are sleeping , or the cages may be empty. with 35$ go eat in a fancy restaurant by the beach u ll like that more!
personally zoos depress me , I think wild animals are best left in the wild, not as exhibits!
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