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San Diego Zoo
Pricey, but well worth the money. After visiting many zoos San Diego does live up to its name this zoo is awesome. It is huge and has a lot of animals not seen elsewhere or at the least not all in the same spot. You could spend a couple days just at the zoo.
The panda bears are a highlight and well worth the wait in line to see them.
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"It is the San Diego Zoo"
Watching the San Diego Zoo television serious before, we were desperate to visit this famous zoo and see the enclosures. Surprised not to see many animals in dispaly (like Singapore Zoo) but there are many natural habitats set up. It seems that the zoo is designed more for research and for the animals than visitors like me.
Still it was great to finally visit the San Diego Zoo and recommend a nice place to spend quality family time if you are in town.
Save $$ - Buy Tickets at VONS
Tickets to the Zoo are normally $32 and the Wild Animal Park $28.50, but VONS (a supermarket chain) sells gift certificates good for either the zoo or wild animal park for $25 by their checkouts. They are good for the "Best Value Ticket Package" at the Zoo (admission, unlimited use of bus tour, skysafari aerial tram, children's zoo, all animal shows and exhibits) or the "Nairobi Ticket Package" at the Wild Animal Park (admission, Railway, all animal shows and exhibits).
It's really a great deal - get the gift certificates for everyone you are traveling with rather than buying at the park gate and save a bundle!
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The main attraction at the SD ZOO
The main attraction at the Zoo is the Panda, but sometimes the lines are too long, the time that you get to stop and watch them is short because of the line and sometimes you can't get a nice picture or look at them at the moment is your turn. That happend to me! I had to go back 3 times during the day, fisrt because I can't get enought of this precious animals and second because my son insisted in going back, but the third time I found them in better possition and near the area where I was so I took the picture.
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San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park
I love the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park! I have actually become a Zoological Member and have a seasons pass and I don't even live near the city! The Zoo has a huge variey of animals, and the Wild Animal Park covers an astounding amount of space for their animal enclosures. They both are very dedicated to the animals safely and research projects are world famous. I love to just sit and watch the Polar Bears play, or the Great Apes interact. Both have bus or train tours that are informative and give a great overview of the parks. Every time I go I discover something new(like baby Pandas or camels!!), they cannot be missed!!
San Diego Zoo
The world-famous San Diego Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world. Regular tickets run you $32 US but you can't afford not to see this. The Zoo offers a guided tour bus that goes around most of the park. There is an overhead gondola lift that provides an aerial view of the Zoo and is a quick way to move from opposite ends of the Zoo. Exhibits are designed around a particular habitat. The same exhibit features many different animals that can be found side-by-side in the wild, along with their native horticulture. Exhibits range from an African rain forest (featuring gorillas) to the Arctic taiga and tundra in the summertime (featuring polar bears). Some of the largest free-flight aviaries in existence are here. Many exhibits are "natural" with invisible wires and darkened blinds (to view birds), and pools and open-air moats (for large mammals).
Besides an extensive collection of birds, reptiles and mammals, it also maintains its grounds as an arboretum, with a rare plant collection. As part of its gardening effort, it raises some rare animal foods. For example, the Zoo raises 40 varities of bamboo for the pandas on long-term loan from China, and it maintains 18 varities of eucalyptus trees to feed its koalas.
It is extremely active in conservation and species-preservation efforts. Its Center for the Reproduction of Endangered Species (CRES) raises and releases California Condors, Pandas, Tigers, African Black Rhinos and a large number of other endangered species. It employs numerous professional geneticists, cytologists and veterinarians and maintains a cryopreservation facility for rare sperm and eggs. Of note, the zoo currently has the largest population of Giant Pandas outside of mainland China, Bai Yun (female), Gao Gao (male), two year old Mei Sheng, and a female panda cub, Su Lin.
San Diego's Well Known Zoo
I have to admit this is a very nice zoo for the most part. A nice hike and alot of animals to be seen.There are several shows that you can see while at the zoo if you look into it and time it right. They have a very nicely done website. One very nice thing about the Zoo is that the parking is free. For those with disabilities I wil include this information from several sites.Guests with disabilities: The San Diego Zoo provides special parking, rest rooms, telephones (including TDD at the Security Office), and access to shows, tour buses, and exhibits for guests with disabilities. There are ASL "signed" bus tours available for the hearing impaired; please call in advance to arrange for an interpreter (619) 232-1515 ext. 4318. Please note there are steep grades in parts of the Zoo, and assistance is recommended for those with limited mobility. A free shuttle bus operates inside the Zoo for those with limited mobility. For information about service animal access, please call (619) 231-1515, ext. 4200, Monday through Friday. If you want a pretty dang good meal go over to Albert' s near the Gorilla Tropics. A nice place to dine instyle at the Zoo. See the website for info on it and other dining options. Albert's would not be a place I would take a small child for a meal but thats just me. While viewing the animals we did see a few that were not in the best of shape. 2 of my photo's in the travelouge I will make will show the animals I speak of. I did write the Zoo and e-mail them the pictures. They finally replied with an answer. I had threatened to have it checked into if they would not. First they hemmed and hawed then they actualy looked into it.
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World Famous San Diego Zoo
San Diego has arguably the best zoo in the world. It's a definite must if you are at all interested in animals. The setting is really beautiful and the collection of animals is always exceptional. I used to go here at least twice a year when I lived in San Diego to take out of town visitors here.
The entertainment value is great and if you want to be educated, you can really learn a lot.
Best place to see Giant Pandas
World Famous San Diego Zoo. Take the guided tour, then walk around. See the nursery with the new babies, the mountain gorillas, the polar bears (yes, even in San Diego), and, of course, the giant pandas. The baby panda, Su Lin, born August 2005, and her big brother, Mei Sheng, born in August2003, are on exhibit some of the time, but there is always at least one out. There's also a baby giraffe, tapir, oragutan, and two tiger cubs.
Animals Up Close and Personal
The San Diego Zoo is the best zoo I have ever been to. I don't know about you, but usually my experience at a zoo is this lame animal who looks miserable pacing back and forth in a habitat too small for even my dog. But the San Diego Zoo is completely different. The animals here look healthy and actually very happy. It's not uncommon to see them playing with balls in their habitats or even trying to interact with us human visitors. The habitats are created where you can get quite close to the animals. Also I don't know anywhere else in the US where you can get a glimpse of a panda bear. You could spend a whole afternoon here being a kid again.
The World Famous San Diego...
The World Famous San Diego Zoo!
I grew up in the Midwest and had zoo's that you were guaranteed to see the animals. San Diego zoo, although most likely the best for the animals, you are not guaranteed to see animals. Although always crowded, it's a must see when in southern California!
Today, the San Diego Zoo cares for more than 4,000 individual animals representing 800 different species. Its collection of animals, as well as its plant collection of over 6,500 species, is acknowledged as one of the finest in the entire world.
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If you become tired of walking on the many trails in the Zoo, you can take a short-cut directly from one side of the Zoo to the other (from the Entrance area to the Polar Bear area) by means of the Skyfari gondola system. The waiting time was very short to access the gondola cars and it was well worth it for the great overview of the whole area as you silently float along! This is the view heading back toward the entrance area as we approach one of the restaurant complexes - Tree House Cafe/Albert's Restaurant.
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They have Pandas!
The SD zoo was probably the largest and best I've ever visited. The best part about it was that they have 2 giant pandas, which happen to be my favorite [non domestic] animal.
They were the main purpose of my visit.
The world-famous ZOO & more
The world-famous SAN DIEGO ZOO has more than just your usual lions, tigers and bears. You’ll also see cuddly koalas, gangly orangutans and a pair of pandas. The polar bear and hippopotamus habitats both feature pools walled with glass so you can see these enormous animals gracefully swim underwater. Also, be sure to board one of the open-air trams to glide quietly over the zoo.
Sea World is probably the best-known marine park on the planet, with its killer whales and sharks being the top draws. It also happens to be twice as expensive as the zoo, at a whopping 31 dollars a ticket the last time I was there.
The OLD TOWN is now a state park where you can stroll among historical buildings that house nifty shops and small museums. It’s educational shopping! In one of the gardens is the open-air Bazaar del Mundo, a fantastic and authentic Mexican restaurant. Sit by the fountain under a canopy, listen to a mariachi band and sip margaritas.
Just some of my suggestions for enjoying yourself in San Diego!
Going to the Zoo
An amazing day out (quite reasonable too).
Bring your own food though, as food inside the zoo is expensive.
During the summer, go mid-morning and stay the day, until after dark, so that you can see the nocturnal animals. Don't bother getting anything other than basic entry if you have plenty of time as the best way to see the animals is on foot.
The 7 bus from downtown is the best to get to the zoo if you are relying on public transport - $2.25 for a 15minute trip if you don't have a pass. (if you want to see San Diego without a car, get one!)
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