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San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Wildlife conservation in action

Written By | Jul 31, 2018
San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

(Image courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate.)

SAN DIEGO. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park was conceived as a unique zoological institution with a major focus on animal breeding and plant conservancy. Boasting over 1,800 acres of open land today, the park  now houses approximately 2,600 animals representing over 300 species.

See wildlife in a natural habitat at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

As a result of its vast space and focus, a wide range of animals from all major continents find refuge in the park’s abundance of open space provided. Animal inhabitants currently include African elephants, zebras, tigers, buffalo, gazelles, rhinoceroses, storks, pelicans and many species from around the world.

With its emphasis on providing the most natural environment possible for all its animal inhabitants, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers uniquely exciting opportunities for human visitors eager to enjoy its exotic inhabitants up close and (almost) personal.

Fun for the entire family

Indeed, for summer travelers and San Diegans alike, visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park becomes a memorably fun and worthwhile experience. Above all, its convenient location in the San Pasqual Valley region of Escondido, California, the Park delights approximately 2 million visitors each year, including individuals of all ages and physical abilities. Even more convenient for visitors, the park is open daily, including holidays.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is one of three San Diego campuses affiliated with the San Diego Zoo Global. The organization’s goal is to provide sanctuary for and conservation of endangered animal and plant species from around the world. San Diego Zoo Global reaches over 35 countries around the world and carries out a variety of conservation projects.

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Animal populations are in decline world wide

Unfortunately, “the world’s biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate primarily because of human activity. Even more alarming, according to World Wildlife Foundation (WWW) estimates, the world’s animal population dropped by some 58% between the years 1970-2012. According to WWW, if countries and organizations do not mount serious interventions soon, animal population figures could drop two-thirds by 2020.

Visitors know that by purchasing tickets, passes and gift shop items while enjoying the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, they are also contribute to the preservation of precious animal and plant species that remain an essential part of our global community. It remains a sad and unfortunate fact that many species are rapidly becoming extinct and will die out without human intervention.

Visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The following are just some of the experiences, events and educational opportunities the Park offers.

  • African tram
  • Rides
  • Animal encounters
  • Conservation carousel
  • Dining and events
  • Play areas
  • Shows
  • Guided field trips
  • Self-guided field trips
  • College study
  • Holiday and theme celebrations
  • Park sleepovers

In addition, the park makes numerous readily available for sightseeing on foot, with seemingly endless possibilities for experiencing freely roaming animals and vegetation in their natural habitat.

Prepping for your wildlife outing
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes
  • Also, don’t forget to wear sunscreen
  • In addition, wear sun protective clothing and head gear
  • Don’t forget to keep your eye on current weather reports
  • Most important of all, be sure to purchase tickets for your visit and discover other pertinent information by checking out the Park’s website. See the link below.

Purchase Entrance tickets to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in advance by contacting

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027

Special Deal: The Park offers discount tickets for children ages 3-11.

For an even better deal, the Park also offers general and year-long passes for year-round visiting pleasure, as well as making periodic offerings available for special events and other programs.

To receive further information about the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy or to offer support, contact the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy via this link:

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate

Since 1984, Laurie Edwards-Tate has served as President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare, a non-medical Home Care Aide Organization, serving seniors, disabled, infirm and children. Laurie is Board of Director 2018 (elected), Palomar Health; Executive Board Member; Chair Board Human Resources Committee; Member of Audits & Compliance Committee; Community Relations Committee.