San Diego Zoo is known as one of the best in the world. Located in Balboa Park, it is 100 acres in size and well known for it’s lush, naturalistic habitat and unique animal encounters. With a massive variety of animals to see and countless animals experiences you can take part in, they really haven’t missed out anything. We road tripped down to San Diego from LA for the day to visit the famous Zoo. I had heard such great things about it and I am a sucker for any kind of animal experience, so I couldn’t wait to get there!
There are lots of different ways to experience the San Diego Zoo. Firstly, the traditional manner of walking around. Pathways run around the whole park, including into aviaries and through bio-climatic zones. Secondly, there is a 35 minute Guided Bus Tour that gives a great overview of the Zoo. Tickets to the bus tour are included with your admission, and it’s recommended that you take the tour as soon as you arrive at the Zoo as it allows you to acquaint yourself with the different areas of the zoo, and is a great way to get an overview of where everything is located. And thirdly, there is a sky rail that runs from one side of the park to the other and allows you an aerial look over the zoo. For the best experience, try and make the most of all three options throughout the day.
Could not get over the fact that Klipspringer can stand with all their feet so close together! Isn’t that incredible, what clever animals to have adapted this way to get away from predators!
As well as the regular elephant exhibit, San Diego Zoo also offers visitors a chance to check out the Elephant Care Centre. At this open-sided management facility for the elephants you can watch the keepers doing husbandary training and routine care for the individual elephants. When the elephants are elsewhere, people may be invited to go inside the facility themselves to get an “elephant-eye” perspective and hear talks from the elephant keepers. We got the chance to view several of the elephants getting a shower, and also listening and interacting with their keepers. It was so good to see how intelligent they are and how well they understand what their keeper is saying.
A fantastic feature of the San Diego Zoo website is their animal cameras. No matter where you are in the world you can watch a live feed of what many of their animals are getting up to. These include Tiger Cam, Ape Cam, Koala Cam, Panda Cam, Polar Bear Cam, Condor Cam and Elephant Cam. I first fell in love with the Zoo by watching their Polar Bear Cam. As you know, I am obsessed with Polar Bears and I loved being able to view one in real time! Check out the Cams section of the zoos website to see what the different animals are up to when you’re not at the park!
Part of the San Diego Zoo is the Safari Park. Located about 35 miles north-east of the zoo in California, it’s an adventurer’s safari paradise. The Safari Park is home to more than 2600 animals, many living in wide, open field enclosures. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to visit the safari park as well, but it sounds (and looks) fantastic! You can also view many of the safari park’s enclosures through the cams section on the website.
The Zoo had a fantastic Australian Outback section, good enough to rival any Australian Zoo to be honest! Including many Australian animals, such as koalas, wombats and kookaburras, as well as great dining options including Sydney’s Grill and Outback performances, we thought it was a great tribute to Australia! If you’re in the Australian Outback section around lunch time, I would definitely recommend the Sydney Grill for a bite to eat! It had a great selection of meals, including healthy options!
A one day ticket to San Diego Zoo is $48 per person. You can find out more about the zoo and it’s different exhibits and events here.