Wildlife conservation at work in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

With an emphasis on providing the most natural environment possible for all its animal inhabitants, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers exciting opportunities for human visitors eager to enjoy it.

(image courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2017– The San Diego Zoo Safari Park was originally conceived with animal breeding and plant conservancy in mind. Boasting over 1,800 acres of open land, the park today houses approximately 2,600 animals representing over 300 species.

Animals from major continents find refuge in the abundance of open space provided by the park, whose inhabitants include African elephants, zebras, tigers, buffalo, gazelles, rhinoceroses, storks, pelicans and many more.

With an emphasis on providing the most natural environment possible for all its animal inhabitants, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers exciting opportunities for human visitors eager to enjoy it.

(Laurie Edwards-Tate pictured/image courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Indeed, for summer travelers and San Diegans alike, visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a fun and worthwhile experience. Located in the San Pasqual Valley region of Escondido, Calif., the Park delights approximately 2 million visitors each year, persons of all ages and physical abilities. It 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, providing sanctuary and conservation of endangered animal species and plant species. San Diego Zoo Global reaches over 35 countries around the world, carrying out a variety of conservation projects.

Unfortunately, “the world’s biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate primarily because of human activities that cause pollution, climate change, and the destruction of animals’ habitats…because of the exploitation of animals for food, the pet trade, and medicine,” according to a 2004 report by the World Conservation Union, published in PETA.

Visitors know that by purchasing tickets, passes and gift shop items while enjoying the San Diego Zoo Safari Park that they are also contributing to the preservation of precious animal and plant species that are an essential part of our global community and, sadly, are quickly becoming extinct.

Visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Here are just some of the experiences, events and educational opportunities offered by the park:

  • 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

Many opportunities are readily available in the park for sightseeing on foot, with seemingly endless possibilities for experiencing freely roaming animals and vegetation in their natural habitat.

Here are a few suggestions provided by SanDiego.com to help park visitors maximize their park experience:

  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Wear sun protective clothing and headwear
  • Watch the weather report

Tickets and Information

Entrance tickets to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park may be purchased in advance by contacting:

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

Discounts for ticket purchases are offered to children ages 3-11.

General and year-long passes are available for year-round visiting pleasure, with offers for special events and other programs.

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

San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

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Laurie Edwards-Tate
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare in San Diego, California, was among the first to recognize the growing need for services allowing individuals to remain independent created by the aging of America including the Baby Boomer generation, now being called the “Silver Tsunami.” It is the Baby Boomers who are rapidly redefining what aging and growing older means and looks like in America today. Now celebrating its 28th year in business, AYHF is among San Diego County’s Top Women-Owned Businesses and Fastest Growing Businesses, and enjoys a reputation for upholding the highest possible standards among its employees and its emphasis on customer service. Edwards-Tate is a valued contributor to the public dialogue on current issues and challenges in the home care industry, and serves in leadership roles on the Home Care Aide Association of America Advisory Board and Private Duty Home Care Association Advisory Board, as well as the Home Care Aide Steering Committee of the California Association for Health Services at Home. Edwards-Tate is frequently interviewed in the media on healthy aging, caregiving, and health care topics. Follow Laurie and AYHF at www.atyourhomefamilycare.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atyourhomefamilycare, and Twitter at @AYHFamilycare