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End extinction while having fun at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Written By | Jun 9, 2015

Photos Courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate

SAN DIEGO, June 9, 2015 — For summer travelers and San Diegans alike, visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a fun and worthwhile experience.

Photo Courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate

Photo Courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate

Located in the San Pasqual Valley region of Escondido, Calif., the San Diego Zoo Safari Park delights approximately 2 million visitors each year, persons of all ages and physical abilities.

The safari park was originally conceived with animal breeding and plant conservancy in mind.

Boasting over 1,800 acres of open land, the park houses approximately 2,600 animals representing over 300 species, according to Wikipedia.

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

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

It is open daily, including holidays. These are 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
Photo Courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate

Photo Courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate

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

Here are suggestions provided by to help park visitors maximize their experience:

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

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.

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.

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!

Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.

In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.

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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.