Animal lovers of all kinds will want to make the trek to this beautifully designed park and refuge for endangered species, ... More
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Animal lovers of all kinds will want to make the trek to this beautifully designed park and refuge for endangered species, including a renowned display of extremely rare California Condors. Thirty two miles north of downtown San Diego, you'll be transported to the wilds of Africa, Asia and Australia. Here at the park, more than 3,500 animals representing 260 species roam in habitats designed to simulate their natural environs. Ride the Wgasa Bush Line Railway for a five-mile, 55-minute guided tour or walk the trails that weave through the 1,800 acre park. Exceptional Botanic Gardens, gift shops, research information and restaurants can all be found here. Check out some gear for you or your own companion animals in the gift shop. It opens daily at 9a.
I have been to the San Diego Wild Animal Park countless times since 1997. This is one of the must enriching experiences I have ever had. Because of thise trip I bought a high-end SLR camera and telephoto lens. The best time to go is in the fall or spring and get there as early as you can so you can see the animals at their most allert. They also offer camping options and caravan tours into the range where most of the animals are. I am still saving my pennies for that! Take your kids and take lots of film, this will be one of the most memorable trips of your life.
The Wild Animal Park is out in the country,
so you are literally getting away from it
all. It can get pretty hot in the summer,
but the evenings are cooler and there is
still a lot to see. One August, we went
there on our anniversary and rode the
monorail under a full moon. The new Lion
Camp is awesome! You cannot get any closer
to the king of beasts. They also have several seasonal exhibits that are worth seeing, like the butterflies and the dinosaurs. Regular admission and parking
are a little high. Anyone living in the area
should get the Diamond Club membership, which
includes parking (all memberships include
unlimited admission to the Zoo, too).
We loved our trip to the Wild Animal Park. It is much more enjoyable than a zoo environment. You get much closer to the animals and you get to feed some of them which is awesome. I loved feeling like the animals were in their natural habitat. I highly recommend the Animal Park to anyone who loves animals. Take lots of film!!
This is not only a great place to visit (plan to spend a good part of the day), but also a great wildlife program to support. Finally you can see animals in a place with room to roam around. There are ample trails to walk around if you wish, but the main feature is the tram ride around the permiter of the main park area that takes about an hour. It could take 15, 30 mins. or even more on heavy days to get onto the tram -- restless alert for small kids, bring something for them to do for Pete's sake! If you don't like the crowds, come on off days, non-vacation weekdays, come early, or check back several times during the day for when the line is not as long. You will leave glad that someone is taking care of endangered species and that you supported it. Google search history of the WGASA railroad name (it's true, ask Snopes site), but don't tell your kids.
Loved the wildlife park. Lots to see and do. I would recommend bringing money or a credit card. The safari looks like fun but with a starting price of $69 is a bit of a deterrent to most families. But I do recommend feeding the giraffes and the norrakeets. It is great fun and the kiddies will love having the birds land on them to drink the nectar from the cup they hold. Will go back again!
The wild aniimal park is fun, however, if you are deciding between the zoo and the wild animal park, go to the zoo. The wild animal park is filled with huge dirt areas where you can occasionaly see an animal. Its a nice place to visit when they have the light shows, but overall, the zoo will provide much more entertainment and excitement.
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