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San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
(in Balboa Park)
San Diego CA
(619) 231-1515

The San Diego Zoo is located adjacent to downtown San Diego in Balboa Park. A 100-acre (40-hectare) urban paradise for all ages, the San Diego Zoo is a must-see in Southern California. Winding paths through a tropical oasis will bring you up close and personal to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies. Also at the San Diego Zoo is a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. Be captivated by the gentle Giant Pandas, Gao Gao and Bai Yun in their new home - with their new baby!. See Koalas and Kangaroos, Polar Bears, and Gorillas, tigers, and hippos and ride on the Skyfari aerial tram for a bird's eye view.

The lively atmosphere makes the San Diego Zoo a great place for family fun. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and exciting shows. A leader in animal care and conservation, the world-famous San Diego Zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience.

San Diego Zoo Activities

Meet the mandrills and golden-belled mangabeys as they swing through the trees of African forest. Watch the hippos swim and play in their amazing 150,000 gallon pool. Take a 40 minute guided bus tour around the zoo as you are exposed to some of the best exhibits. Hear the calls of the colorful macaw or watch tigers on the prowl at the Tiger river.

See giant pandas feast on bamboo or get up-close and personal with a colorful toucan. Swing over to The Joan B. Kroc Monkey Trails and Forest Tales habitat. Other must sees include playful orangutans and siamangs at Absolutely Apes and frolicking polar bears at Polar Bear Plunge.

San Diego Zoo FAQ's

Yes, San Diego Zoo is open, but entry reservation is required.

Due to COVID-19, in order to keep our community safe during this time and in anticipation of high demand, the San Diego Zoo has implemented a reservation system required for entry.
Follow this link for more information on San Diego Zoo reservation entry system.

Watch this How-To video for step-by-step guide to making a San Diego Zoo entry reservation.

San Diego Zoo offers various ticket categories. Visit their tickets page to choose the best category for you and your family.

The San Diego Zoo is open every day of the year, rain or shine, including all holidays.

San Diego Zoo will require temperature checks for all guests upon their arrival. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be able to enter San Diego Zoo. As part the parks standard procedures, team members will undergo temperature check as well.

For enhanced safety measures everyone, including all team members and guests will be required to wear face coverings while at San Diego Zoo.

Each venue will limit capacity and we will monitor overall San Diego Zoo capacity to help enforce social distancing.

All chairs, tables and high-touch surfaces will be thoroughly and frequently cleaned and disinfected.

Everyone sharing a table to dine must be from the same household.

Due to mandatory health screening and social distancing protocols, San Diego Zoo must space guests entering through the front gate. Wait time to enter the Zoo can fluctuate and could be up to one hour, especially on weekends and holidays. Please plan accordingly.

Weekday average wait time to enter: 20–25 minutes.
Weekend and holiday average wait time to enter: 45–60 minutes.

San Diego Zoo Animal Zones

Africa Rocks at the San Diego Zoo

Africa Rocks at the San Diego Zoo

Did you know... The continent of Africa covers 20 percent of the Earth’s land surface.

Go on an adventure throughout the continent that spans a variety of ecosystems at the San Diego Zoo's Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks. Made up of six exhibits spotlighting the amazing animals and plants found on the African continent.

1 Kopje

Kopje at Africa Rocks is home to
Meerkat
Rock Hyrax
Klipspringer
Bateleur Eagle
Dwarf Mongoose
Red-leaved Rock Fig Tree

2 Madagascar Forest

Madagascar Forest at Africa Rocks is home to
Coquerel's Sifaka
Ring-tailed lemur
Fossa
Blue-eyed Black Lemur
Red Ruffed Lemur
Honey Badger
Elephant Tree

3 Ethiopian Highlands

Hamadryas Baboon
Gelada
Nubian Ibex
Red-hot Poker Tree

4 Acacia Woodland

Acacia Woodland at Africa Rocks is home to
Leopard
Vervet Monkey
Bee-eater
Black-headed Weaver
Camel Thorn Acacia

5 Cape Fynbos

African Penguin
Leopard Shark
Pincushion Protea

6 West African Forest

West African Dwarf Crocodile
Floating Fig Tree
 

Asian Passage
Asian Passage

Attractions at Asian Passage

  • Grizzly Bear
  • Giant Panda
  • Hornbills
  • Monkeys
  • Porcupines
Discovery Outpost
Discovery Outpost

Attractions at Discovery Outpost

  • Anaconda
  • King Cobra
  • Galápagos Tortoise
  • Hummingbird
  • Komodo Dragon
  • Macaw
  • Penguin
Elephant Odyssey
Elephant Odyssey

Explore Elephant Odyssey at San Diego Zoo. The 7.5-acre habitat is the most ambitious exhibit project that San Diego Zoo has ever developed. Guests have an opportunity to see elephants in a truly unique setting.

  • California Condor
  • Elephant
  • Lion
Lost Forest
Lost Forest

Attractions at Lost Forest

  • Flamingo
  • Gorilla
  • Hippopotamus
  • Mandrill
  • Monkey
  • Orangutan
  • Otter
  • Pygmy Hippopotamus
  • Tiger
  • Jungle Java
  • Zoo Brew

Panda Canyon
Panda Canyon

Be transported into a world inspired by China's giant panda reserves in the Zoo's Panda Trek.

Australian Outback
Australian Outback

Attractions at Australian Outback

  • Camel
  • Koala
  • Tasmanian Devil
  • Wombat
Urban Jungle
Urban Jungle
  • Cheetah
  • Giraffe
  • Rhinoceros
Northern Frontier
Northern Frontier

Attractions at Northern Frontier

  • Mountain Lion
  • Polar Bear
  • Zebra
  • Arctic Fox
  • Maned Wolf

San Diego Zoo Facts

The San Diego Zoo has one of the world's largest collections of mammals, birds, and reptiles. The 100-acre (40.5-hectare) zoo, founded in 1916, has more than 800 animal species and more than 6,500 plant species.

San Diego Zoo

As a guest of the San Diego Zoo, every dollar you spend enables the zoo to continue their conservation and research work. And by learning why it's important to save these animals and protect their habitats, you, too are helping to preserve the planet, now and for future generations.

Ways to see the animals at San Diego Zoo

By walking along pathways, into aviaries, and through bioclimatic zones.
Take the 35-minute Guided Bus Tour that gives a good overview of the Zoo
Hop on an Express Bus that stops at several locations to assist guests in accessing different areas.
Best of all, navigating the zoo has never been easier with the San Diego Zoo App. Download it below.

Download the San Diego Zoo App

Follow the map to one of the preset walking paths or find directions to your favorite animal. The GPS-enabled app map will keep you on the right path.

Google Play Store
Apple App Store

San Diego Zoo General Information

Address: 2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park, near downtown San Diego
Phone: (619) 231-1515
Hours: Gates open daily at 9am. Closing times vary by season. The Zoo is open 365 days a year.
Park Hours: Current San Diego Zoo hours

Parking at San Diego Zoo is FREE
Official Website: sandiegozoo.org

What's included with your admission to San Diego Zoo

General Admission to the World Famous San Diego Zoo.
Free Admission to the Children's Zoo
Unlimited use of San Diego Zoo's Express Bus.
Unlimited use San Diego Zoo's Aerial Tram Ride.
A 35- minute fully narrated Bus Tour.

How to get to San Diego Zoo

Getting there

By Car

San Digo Zoo is located North of Downtown San Diego, situated in beautiful historic Balboa Park at Park Boulevard and Zoo Place.

Directions: From Hwy 163 South, exit at Park Blvd, and follow the signs. From Interstate 5 South, exit at Pershing Drive and follow the signs.

Amtrak California How to get to San Diego Zoo via Amtrak

Take the Pacific Surfliner to San Diego Station.

From there, walk 0.3 miles east to State Street and B Street. Then take San Diego Transit bus 7 (69th and University via University Avenue) to Park Boulevard and Zoo Place. Walk 0.1 miles to the zoo.

By public transit: Take Rapid 215 or Route 7, stop at the Zoo. For fare and schedule information, call 511, or visit sdmts.com.

Tip: Families Save on MTS Family Weekends! On Saturday and Sunday two children (12 and under) ride MTS Bus and Trolley routes FREE with a paid adult (18 and over)!

San Diego Zoo Map

AAA Member Discounts to San Diego Zoo

AAA DiscountAAA members who show their valid AAA membership cards at ticket windows located at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will receive 10% off a 1-Day Pass. Valid for up to 6 people. Discount cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer.

Senior Discount to San Diego Zoo

Seniors age 60 and older receive a 10% discount off the 1-Day Pass. Discount cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer.

Military Discount to San Diego Zoo

All active-duty U.S. and foreign military personnel with valid military identification are given a free 1-Day Pass at the ticket windows. Dependent family members receive a discount of 10% off the 1-Day Pass. (Contact your base MWR (Morale Welfare and Recreation) or Ticket and Tour offices for further dependent discounts) Discount cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer.

Note: AAA discount, Senior discount, and Military discount, cannot be applied online as guests will need to present their AAA cards, photo IDs and valid military identification in person.

San Diego ZooAs a guest of the San Diego Zoo, every dollar you spend enables the zoo to continue their conservation and research work. And by learning why it's important to save these animals and protect their habitats, you, too are helping to preserve the planet, now and for future generations.

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