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 was born here in san diego and have gone to the zoo all my life with my family. due to incredable mismanagment, the zoo... a place to meet animals from around the world for young and old, to learn and see about them...has gone into a huge money making program using the ploy that its for the animals conservation and care. sorry but from no fee till a kid was 16 to $42 for a 5 year old child in less than 40 years. now a family better sell a car to pay for an afternoon at the zoo. the zoo was for people...in san diego to become aquanted with animals, but has been taken to a global industry leader in animal study ect. well the wild animal park was what that should have been for. the zoo was for the people and thier close encounter. so now in the name of research and study this organization can gouge us to the core. same thing happened to wlt disneys dream to make a magic experiance for children, the "ceo" and their crew decides to make it more of a big business. people matter much less than animals is the message.
Sorry, San Diego Zoo is leaps and bonds behind the Singapore Zoo., On a scale of 1-10, it's about a 4 with Singapore a 10 (and Italy's a 1). My American children grew up visiting the Singapore's fabulous zoo and their spacious habitat friendly enclousres for each animal, riding elephants, feeding giraffe's, holding pythons and birds, seeing the night safarai's, riding horses, trams, boats, etc. We finally were able to visit the much acclaimed SD Zoo this month and my children and I were actually saddened to see the restricted, depressing way the animals were kept in their enclosures and their cage-crazy behaviors of walking patterns/OCB actions over and over again. (Like the polar bear who touches his nose to the back cage door grill, then walks backwards around a rock, then turns to the right and walks 10 steps and then repeats the pattern over and over again. The poor lion's enclosures is WAY too small and their habitats not always conducive of their natural habitats Everything looked very run down and old. This zoo's directors and the zoologists need to step up their game and take better care of those animals. The animals need better habitat enhancements to prevent boredom, larger spaces for the bigger animals and a mate for those poor single animals bored and all alone (like the white Middle Eastern fox in the children's petting area). Children's petting zoo was absolutely pitiful with just a few goats and 2 sheep to pet.. I could get more than that at the local farm. I am in my 40's and have hear raves about this zoo my whole life. My family and I were very disappointed.
I've been to the zoo before and had a wonderful experience.
This year we thought it would be a nice place to avoid Christmas, since my Mother's Christmas Day murder. After paying full-price for our tickets, half the zoo closed down and shut the exhibits three hours early.
I'm not sure if they just decided not to feed the animals or what, but they were screaming in agony over the zoo's lackadaisical Christmas performance.
This place was so much fun. The park was HUGE, we spent literally all day there from morning to about 9pm. I love that they have pandas, something many people will go without seeing in a lifetime. They have a tram that will take you around the whole zoo, which was perfect to close up the night. There was also a sky tram allowing you to see the whole park from a bird's eye view. I would definitely go back. It is a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes.
our family loves SD zoo. the animals are alert, not sleeping like other places. the animal areas are big, with enough room for them to run and play. everything was clean and pleasant. our experience was awesome. we go almost once a month, if possible.
We spent the entire day at the zoo - we fed the giraffe's - what an awesome experience that was! Saw the panda's and all of the other animals. The zoo was neat and clean, the employee's were very helpful. We rode the tram. It was a wonderful day absolutely delightful. We loved it.
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.
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