San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027
San Diego Zoo: (619) 231-1515
San Diego Wild Animal Park
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07/06/2010Provided by Citysearch -
The line for the Journey into Africa was about an hour long, and the ride was extremely dissapointing. The driver started with the safety rules, ""Please remain seated while the tram is in motion."" The driver should have said, ""You'll need to stay seated for the entire ride, because I'm not stopping."" We slowed down a few tiems, and that was about it. When I got home and looked at the photos, they were all blurred, because we were never fully stopped. I was in the last car, the last one to stop, and it moves forward with a lunge when the driver starts up.
Don't bother wasting your time on the ride, it turns out to be a big dissapointment. The worst part is that there are a lot of animals that can only be seen from the tram. So, if you want to see a zebra, you have to take the tram. It's also a great chance to try and upsell the guests on all of the paid tours. I think it's part of their strategy for not stopping. If you want to stop and look at an animal it will cost you extra.
08/31/2008Provided by Citysearch -
There's a reason why Trip Advisor puts the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park in the US Top 10 list. The Park shows the animals in a natural environment, with lots of options to see over 3,500 animals from Africa and Asia, along with the California Condors, and several shows. The new ""Journey Into Africa"" Tour that comes with the Best Value Package (along with the Conservation Carousel) does cover only part of the open space FOR NOW. The Park is building 8 new exhibits in that area, (They're accepting donations) and the Asian area IS accessible up close with the Photo Caravans, Savannah Safari, and VIP Tours right now. The overnight Roar & Snore camping is something everyone should try. Wake up to roaring lions-- too cool!
I haven't tried one yet, but they even offer Segway tours.
Lots of kid fun with the Discovery Stations, playgrounds, and SplashZones,and the petting kraal, but it's still best for those over the age of 4, IMHO.
Membership is the still the best deal out there by far- $89 adults/ $24-28 children and they are currently offering $10 off on the main website , or get a 2 park ticket and do both the Zoo and Wild Animal Park for $60 adults/ $43 children ages 3 -11.
The San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park focus on conservation and education, ALONG with entertaining us, and they do so many projects OUTSIDE of San Diego to save animals. They do deserve credit for saving the species of so many animals, and they are non-profit (unlike Sea World and Legoland). So, the money spent on food and goodies goes to keeping the projects going all around the world, not just at the Zoo and Wild Animal Park. They are also great recyclers - they use reconstituted silverware, and have lots of recycling bins at the parks, collect used cell phones, and have won awards from the California State Assembly and The State of California's Waste Reduction.
Reservations & Customer Service- 619-718-3000 or 800-407-9534, Monday?Friday, 8:30 a.m.?5 p.m. direct (shhh),
08/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The Wild Animal Park might have taken a wrong turn. July 26th, 2008 I took my friend to the Wild Animal Park because she had never been there before. Everyone needs to visit this place at least once?completely different than zoos and Sea World attraction parks.
Unlike other sanctuaries, the Wild Animal Park was not originally created for human delight?was not planned to be opened to the public (can tell by the landscaping). The Wild Animal Park was strictly made for breeding purposes?furthermore, to help increase the numbers of the endangered species.
July 26th was extremely disappointing since the monorail no longer exists; instead, there is a tour bus that shows off 60% of the animals (compared to the monorail). A few more species you saw on the monorail?not the bus?were the okapi (relative to the giraffe), camels, the African Wild Asses (can be seen from a distance at the tiger exhibit), the mountain goats, and many more. The guests view far less animals riding the new bus; however, the animals are easier to see thanks to the bus. Personally, I prefer the monorail to the bus.
I truly hope the Wild Animal Park does not forget their introductory intentions--to preserve animals in a natural environment; this is what separates the Wild Animal Park from other exhibits. This monument was not created to view animals up close. The monument allows animals to remain in a somewhat natural environment?not surprising how many successful breeding stories they have.
Go to the San Diego zoo or other exhibits if you wish to see animals up close; go to the Wild Animal Park if you wish to see animals in a natural comfortable environment (not intended for the comfort of humans). A LOT OF WALKING (EVERY EMPLOYEE IS IN GOOD SHAPE), CAN EASILY REACH 90 AND 100 DEGREES IN SUMMER (YOU ARE TRAVELING MAINLY TO AFRICA AND PARTS OF ASIA). COMFORT OF ANIMAL CONDITIONS--NOT HUMAN!!! ICE CREAM IS AWESOME!!!
10/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Go see the two baby elephants; they are so cute. (Get a map when you enter the park and walk to the ""elephant outlook."" Arrive early (9am) to see them up close.) The babies are Khosi, born September 11, 2006, and her half brother, Punga, born March 11, 2007. Two more babies are due this fall.
The baby elephants are part of a program to help the Swaziland's Big Game Parks. Our male and six girls were flown here in August 2003. Web cam link: www.sandiegozoo...
The park elephants eat about 125 pounds of food each day (hay, herbivore pellets) and drink about 30 gallons of water. Elephants use their trunks to drink but the water doesn't go all the way up the trunk like a straw. Instead, they draw water part way up the trunk, curl it toward their mouth, tilts their head up, and lets the water pour in.
Other things to do besides the elephants:
- tram ride called ""Journey into Africa Tour""
- Lion Camp (you and the lions are inches apart separated only by a pane of glass)
- Nairobi Village (25 cents buys a hand full of duck food - great fun)
- Condor Ridge (a short walk just past the elephants)
- Lorikeet Landing (beautiful birds landing on you - happy)
08/26/2002Provided by Citysearch -
While the Wild Animal Park is similar to the Zoo, it's not as interactive. You can't pet and play with as many animals as you can at the Zoo. There's a neat tram ride around the park, but you're lucky if you can get through it without getting stung by a bee! Beware if you go in the summer. The temperatures can get into the 100s. The shows are great though.
05/20/2002Provided by Citysearch -
The zoo is wonderful, but I use my membership to visit the Wild Animal Park much more. With so much wide-open space where the animals roam freely, you get a sense that this is the next best place for them than the wild. Learn about the park and zoo's conservation efforts, research and rescue on top of the wonderful facilities and it's clearly money well spent. It's impossible to do the Wild Animal Park properly in one visit, so buy a membership and visit several times a year. If you only have a day, take the monorail ride to catch the best of African and Asian wildlife. My husband surprised me with a photo safari for my birthday and we got to feed giraffes, pet rhinos and see the animals close-up. It was amazing.