San Diego Zoo, California
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The San Diego Zoo is a must-see in Balboa Park. Spend the day monkeying around in the tropical oasis and visit amazing habitats for animals such as gorillas, tigers, sun bears, flamingos, mandrills, polar bears, birds of paradise, giant tortoises, leopards and more. Visit the Australian Outback to see a colony of 24 koalas. Take a Panda Trek to visit the giant pandas and other animals that share their bamboo forest habitat. Go back in time through Elephant Odyssey to discover what animals used to roam Southern California and to see a herd of elephants. Enjoy a guided tour on a double-decker bus or an aerial view from Skyfari. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and keeper presentations.
Founded in 1916, the Zoo has been an icon in San Diego for 100 years, is 100 acres in size and is home to more than 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species from around the world. Take the Guided Bus Tour upon your arrival to acquaint yourself with the various areas where you would like to spend additional time. The Zoo is a unique walking experience that exhibits animals in the most natural way possible, adding shows and animal presentations throughout the day for additional enjoyment. To make your visit even more exciting, book a special tours like Backstage Pass, Inside Look, or Discovery Tour. Meet animal stars up close, learn about conservation work and see what goes on behind the scenes. The San Diego Zoo also offers a variety of education programs, spring and summer camps for kids, sleepovers, and catered events for family or business gatherings.
The San Diego Zoo is open every day of the year, including holidays. It’s located just north of downtown San Diego in close proximity to the major north/south freeway in California, Interstate 5. The zoo is also easily accessible by bus and train
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