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San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido

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The 730 hectare (1,800 acre) grounds of San Diego Zoo Safari Park are home to over 2,600 animals representing more than 300 species. The zoo hosts a wide array of endangered and rare animals from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia in more natural exhibits than a traditional zoo. There are a number of safaris, though some carry additional costs. The African tram safari, included in the admission fee, takes you around the park’s expansive African landscapes to spot free-range rhinoceroses, buffalo, giraffes, and more. Don’t miss the lemur walk, where you can see Madagascar’s most famous critter up close. Other exhibits include the gorilla forest, world gardens, and condor ridge. Check the daily schedule for shows and talks. For San Diego Zoo Safari Park and beyond, use our Escondido journey planner to get the most from your Escondido vacation.
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  • We took the 90 minute deluxe Safari. Saw giraffes, rhinos, water buffalo, antelope, zebras from back of truck. Seemed like mini African safari! Rhino rescue area was my favorite - been to several... 
    We took the 90 minute deluxe Safari. Saw giraffes, rhinos, water buffalo, antelope, zebras from back of truck. Seemed like mini African safari! Rhino rescue area was my favorite - been to several...  more »
  • All the people in red were so nice and helpful. The smiled when you walked up and talked tp me which was so nice. How are you with a smile was so nice. So many animals. Beautiful plants... 
    All the people in red were so nice and helpful. The smiled when you walked up and talked tp me which was so nice. How are you with a smile was so nice. So many animals. Beautiful plants...  more »
  • Great day at the Safari park. Employees and volunteers were helpful and kind. The disability shuttle allowed me the ability to see more of the park than I could on my own. Alway enjoy the Safari... 
    Great day at the Safari park. Employees and volunteers were helpful and kind. The disability shuttle allowed me the ability to see more of the park than I could on my own. Alway enjoy the Safari...  more »
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  • What an incredible place!! Very well organized in all aspects. Welcoming staff, knowledgeable docents. Large variety of animals, birds and even a platypus! My favorite was the huge aviary (went there three times!). Really liked the sense of freedom for the beautiful creatures - few fences. Several times we shared the footpath with geese or ibis - such a delight! Shall definitely return next time I'm in the area.
  • Wow, an incredible place to take the family. Everything is spot on. Tons of parking that you will never have to fight over parking spots. The experience inside the park is amazing with well guided paths and plenty of resting spots along the trails with places everywhere to grab a bite to eat or drink. I will say that the food options are pretty limiting unfortunately. This would be the only downside. They hand out maps in the beginning of the park to ensure you know where you are and what's available to you. However, they also have an amazing app that you can download that will show your location and also help guide you to where you want to go. This was a HUGE help and was a very nice addition to the experience. I am impressed with the GPS accuracy they have in the app for this to guide you on each trail.
  • Can to the Safari Park to enjoy the animals in a bigger habitat. There is a lot to see and do. Just make sure you bring plenty of $$ and good walking shoes. I went on the Africa tour which was about an hour long. Ir was so cool driving into there habitat and seeing them up close. It did cost some money but worth it since it goes into helping the animals. There was a hot air balloon and zip line as well. Great for the kids as you get to get a better understanding of the animals with the friendly and knowledgeable staff everywhere you look. Enjoy the pictures and videos
  • Nice environment to trek upon. It is truly an amazing park filled with lovely animals. The staff there are truly tremendous and courteous. Excellent ice cream and frozen lemonades! Perfect treats for a hot summer day! 😋. One of the staff members, Austin Major, was kind enough to walk around with me and tell me about all the animals as we passed each exhibit. He's so amazing 😁❤️
  • This park is unlike any other attraction you will visit in California. The animals are mostly rescues, others born into their breeding and re-introduction programs. Enclosures are spacious, clean and natural. This is a great place to spend the day with family, groups, or a couple. My husband and I have been pass holders many times in the past, but no longer live in the area. We were VERY impressed with the new tiger attraction, as that area was previously desert paths leading up to the world gardens. Because they are adding the Australian exhibit, the pathways up to the world gardens are currently closed off, but we were still able to get great views of the park from condor ridge. Every time we visit there seems to be new activities available, like Zipline, ropes course, eateries, tour packages. Although these can be a bit pricey, you will still spend less than Disneyland or similar parks in comparison. The mornings are great for the weather, the afternoon can get hot. If traveling with adults or couples, I would suggest arriving at about 12-1pm, as the families usually clear out by 2pm. This still gives you plenty of time to explore while most guests have gone home. I suggest taking a lap and doing a full loop at least once, and don't forget to visit the nursery, there is an adorable cheetah kitten currently, we could have watched the little dude for hours!

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