In 1964, the San Diego Zoo Society decided that they needed a space, separate from the San Diego Zoo for breeding and conservation purposes. They called the idea Wild Animal Park and would focus on housing animals in natural open air exhibits rather than cages. This was a new idea at the time and in 1972, the park opened to the public for the first time. Next read: Best Things to Do in Encinitas, CA
Today, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is home to over 2,600 different animals, many of whom are endangered or threatened species. There is also more than 3,500 different plant species spread out over the 1,800-acre park. The park also serves as a quarantine space for all animals imported from around the earth into San Diego and is located only 32 miles from San Diego Zoo. The Condor Breeding Program at San Diego Safari Park is the best in the nation and has lead the way in many conservation efforts for these predatory birds.
Over two million people visit this park every year to see the exhibits that go above and beyond to offer an experience that is consistent with the health and well-being of the animals. Instead of being in cages, or small enclosures, the larger animals at San Diego Zoo Safari Park are cared for in large open air exhibits that are built to accommodate the ecosystems of the animal's natural habitat. Visitors to the park can roam the exhibits at their leisure, much like other zoos, or opt for the safari experience where they can get up close and personal with the animals from inside the animal's habitat.
3.Habitats and Exhibits
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
- The Safaris, Photo: Courtesy of Ranjani - Fotolia.com
- More Safaris, Photo: Courtesy of Ranjani - Fotolia.com
- Habitats and Exhibits, Photo: Courtesy of keatichai - Fotolia.com
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