A Visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park February 2020

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park

~ Our visit February 26, 2020 ~

 

My wife and I spent about 4 hours at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park the other day – it was a blast, and a gorgeous day as well…in the mid 70s.

 

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

 

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park (formerly known as the San Diego Wild Animal Park) is an 1800-acre zoo in the San Pasqual Valley of San Diego in Escondido, and it’s well worth the visit. Of course the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park is a wonderful place to visit as well, and one of the more popular tourist attractions in our city.

Meercat

Meercat at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

 

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is much more spread out than the zoo downtown, with some different animals and large areas – fenced, of course – for animals to roam. It’s easy to spend an entire day there in order to see everything, plus walk a few miles.

 

Male lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

 

The Africa Tram was a highlight of our visit…a 25-minute ride through the African Plains exhibit with multiple species in natural habitats – giraffes, ostrich, zebras and a bunch of other 4-legged critters roaming about whose names I don’t recall. The Tram is free and well-worth taking, and doing so first in the morning (it opens at 10) because it gets crowded and the wait to ride can be 45 minutes, or more on a busy day.

 

Herd at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

 

Of course there are all sorts of caged animals – the bats were fun to see as was the Lemur Walk (you walk right in the cage with the lemurs) but we saw only a small part of the entire place.

 

Lemur at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

 

There are a number of different shows (Shiley’s Cheetah Run, Tiger Keeper Talk, Frequent Flyers Bird Show) to enjoy along with special safari tours. We elected to watch the flying birds (predators) show in the bird amphitheater and it was great fun, with a variety of birds flying overhead demonstrating their skills, one by one.

 Secretary Bird

Secretary Bird at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

 

The peregrine falcon (the fastest creature on earth, clocked at 240 mph!) was amazing to see in action, but I particularly enjoyed the Secretary Bird from Africa that runs to catch its prey.

 

Giraffes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

 

This only scratched the surface of all there is to do – check out the San Diego Zoo Safari Park website for more information including hours, shows and more. You can also order tickets online.

 

Male Gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Cheetahs at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Jeff. When the wearther in Chcago give us soe sunny days in the 70's we wil be taking my grandson to the zoo. Until then thanks for sharing your photos! Enjoy your day!

Mar 01, 2020 06:00 AM #5
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Thanks, Jeff, for these wonderful photos. It's been more than 40 years since I visited the San Diego Zoo... but I loved it when I did and it still ranks high on my list of favorite zoos.

Mar 01, 2020 06:33 AM #6
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Good morning Jeff Dowler, CRS - there is no question that the San Diego Zoo is one of the finest!  That has to be the best thrill outside of seeing the animals in their own habitat.

Mar 01, 2020 06:36 AM #7
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - I have been to the San Diego Zoo many times but never ventured over to the Safari Park.  It will have to go be on my next visit to San Diego. 

Also, I think the name change will help bring in more visitors. After all, who doesn't want to go on a safari!

Mar 01, 2020 06:56 AM #8
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Jeff,

It has been years since we went down to San Diego with a big group of friends from Los Angeles, and we took the train.  As zoos go, this is one of the best.  A.  

Mar 01, 2020 07:09 AM #9
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What fun that must have been Sharon Lee !

We have friends who have been on 2 real safaris and raved about them.

Jeff

Mar 01, 2020 07:11 AM #10
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Thanks so much Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  These 2 zoos are pretty impressive. No pandas at the Safari Park but I've seen them several times at the main zoo - such fun, especially the young ones, and always a very popular exhibit.

Jeff

Mar 01, 2020 07:14 AM #11
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That's a bit of a hike to go to an unimpressive zoo, James Dray 

Jeff

Mar 01, 2020 07:16 AM #12
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Jeff Dowler, CRS - I guess I must have visited the main zoo! I wasn't aware there are two zoos. Aha! Another reason why buyers and sellers need to take the advice of local Real Estate Agents with current knowledge and expertise! 

A trip to the zoo is always fun for me and you can get great photos too! Yours are terrific! Your individual photo shots shows personality! I like that. 

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Hi Jeff- I've heard many wonderful things about the San Diego Zoo so I can only imagine that the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is just as good!!  Your pictures make me want to visit our zoo. 

Mar 01, 2020 04:42 PM #14
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Thanks for the compliment Brian England  This was only our second visit but it was throughly enjoyable. I still have not seen the entire place!

Jeff

Mar 02, 2020 03:12 PM #23
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That should be great fun Wayne Martin .

Nina Hollander The main zoo is pretty impressive and has been ranked pretty highly as far as zoos are concerned.

Jeff

Mar 02, 2020 03:16 PM #24
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I have not been on a real safari yet Grant Schneider  but both our zoo and the safari park are pretty cool.

Jeff

Mar 02, 2020 08:01 PM #29
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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

I think the name change makes lots of sense, given they offer a number of "safari" tours at the park. Cheaper and easier than going to Africa, although certainly not nearly the same!

Jeff

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I have to go back soon enough. Lots of variety at the zoo these days! :)

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Good pricing makes all the difference and plus a little diversity doesn’t hurt! Sheri Sperry - MCNE® :)

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

A group trip on the train must have been fun! Certainly nicer to avoid the freeway traffic.

Jeff

Mar 03, 2020 07:39 AM #35
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Thanks so much Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  I always enjoy visiting our zoos, and there are terrific photo ops!

I appreciate the kind words!

Jeff

Mar 03, 2020 08:19 PM #36
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They are both wonderful places Kathy Streib but very different.

I hope you visit YOUR zoo and share some of your wonderful photos!

Jeff

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That's all true Laura Cerrano 

Hope you get to enjoy a zoo visit, too!

Jeff

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