San Diego Wildlife Park

Visit the San Diego Wildlife Park - 3500 animals in 1800 acres in the San Diego Wild Animal Park, run by the world-famous
San Diego Zoo. Recently they renamed this park the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

If you wish you could go on an African Safari, this is the wildlife park for you. See animals close up and in a natural habitat via a tram ride. You'll definitely want to come back again. We think it is one of the best San Diego attractions!

Updated March 21 2017 by San Diego Beaches and Adventures

San Diego Wild Animal Park

San Diego Wildlife Park
One of my favorite San Diego attractions is the San Diego Wildlife Park, located about 30 minutes northeast of San Diego. This wildlife park is a dramatic 1800 acre animal and plant preserve in the canyons of San Pasqual Valley. See zebras, elephants, gazelles, rhinos and 400 other animal species in their natural habitats in Africa’s deserts, forests, and mountains. Bring your camera and zoom lens for some spectacular shots. Feed a giraffe, go on a safari walk, ride the African Express rail, take a guided tour, or even stay overnight at Roar and Snore.


San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Wild Animal Park
Photo credit Megan Dodson - taken at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Wild Animal Park Located about 30 minutes northeast of San Diego CA, this wildlife park is a dramatic 1800 acre animal and plant preserve that was originally a California breeding facility for endangered species for the San Diego Zoo.

What To See and Do - Ride the African Express for a 30 minute excursion through the park's five animal enclosures. Seating on the right offers the best view. The Heart of Africa Walk and Kilimanjaro Safari Walk are great too. For some extra money, you can take guided small group tours (reservations required - expensive, but a great group experience, and you can even feed a giraffe), or for a thrill, ride the zipline. Small visitors will enjoy the Petting Kraal.

San Diego Wild Animal Park Address: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027-7017

Phone Number: 760-747-8702

Operating Hours: Open every day of the year, including holidays. Open 9 AM, closing time varies.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Directions to San Diego Wild Animal Park: see below | Google Map

Parking: $12 for vehicles, $17 for RV parking.

Food: The Wild Animal Park in San Diego Cal. has a number of dining facilities and food stands, including all-American or international fare, snacks, and healthy alternatives.

Official website: www.sandiegozoo.org


Park Tickets and Discounts - San Diego Zoo Safari Park

San Diego Wild Animal Safari park
1 Day Pass - $50.00 adults ages 12+, Child 3-11 $40.00, Free to active U.S. and foreign military with valid active ID card

2 Visit Pass - $90.00 adults ages 12+, Child 3-11 $70.00 –valid for one year at either San Diego Zoo or San Diego Wild Animal Park

Admission to San Diego Wildlife Park (San Diego Zoo Safari Park) is also on the San Diego Go Card. For San Diego Wild Animal Park Coupons, Discounts and go Card see Wild Animal Park Discount Tickets and Coupons.


Roar and Snore Camp Overnight at San Diego Wild Animal Park

Lions at San Diego Wildlife park
We had a fantastic time a couple of years ago camping at the San Diego wild life park. As part of their Roar and Snore program, you can spend the night at the San Diego wildlife park, camping out in tents. Adults only (ages 21+), All Ages (less structure), Family Night Sleepovers, Junior Sleepovers (families with children under 6), and Girl Scout Sleepovers. This is one of our favorite San Diego adventures!

Roar & Snore dates spring, summer and fall Friday and Saturday nights, with more dates in August. Prices vary depending on tent options. The program runs from 4:15 PM – 9:30 AM next day. Price is in addition to park admission and parking. Reservations are required. For more information about San Diego Wild Animal park Roar and Snore call 619 718-3000 or check out the website at www.sandiegozoo.org


Directions to San Diego Wild Animal Park
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Address - San Diego Wild Animal Park is located east of San Diego at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027.

San Diego Wild Animal Park Directions

Driving Directions from North County, Orange County or LA - From Interstate 5 in Oceanside Cal, go east on highway 78 , south on Interstate 15, exit at Via Rancho Parkway (Exit 27) and follow the signs to the Wild Animal Park. From Interstate 15 (Riverside), exit at Via Rancho Parkway (Exit 27) and follow the signs east to the Park.

Driving Directions from San Diego CA - Take highway 163, proceed north on Interstate 15 to the Via Rancho Parkway exit (Exit 27). Go east and follow signs to the SanDiego Wild Animal Park in Escondido, Calif.

Directions by Car from Imperial Valley, Arizona - From Interstate 8 go north on Interstate 15 to the Via Rancho Parkway exit (Exit 27). Follow the signs east to the San Deigo Wild Animal Park.

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