The San Diego Zoo is one of area’s most popular attractions. This year the zoo is celebrating 100 years of protecting the world’s most precious animals and sharing them with the public. From Pandas, polar bears and penguins to Galapagos tortoises, giraffes and gorillas, and everything in between, it is no surprise that the zoo was voted #1 Zoo in the World by 2015 Travelers’ Choice TripAdvisor.
Here are the top 4 Amazing Things You Can Find at the San Diego Zoo:
1. Giant Pandas San Diego Zoo is one of only four zoos in the country with giant pandas on display. Visitors can view these adorable pandas and learn more about this rare species at the Giant Panda Discovery Center. After your visit, keep up with one of the zoo’s most endearing pandas Xiao Liwu (or “Mr. Wu”) and many other animals on ZooNooz.
2. Baby endangered animals Over 95 years ago the San Diego Zoo Global made its mission to help save animals from extinction. With over 150 scientists and experts on staff, the zoo works tirelessly to conserve, protect and restore animals and their habitats before they are completely eradicated.
The San Diego Zoo is one of the few zoos in the country that take-in endangered baby animals. Last year three giraffe calves and a Sumatran tiger cub blessed the zoo with their arrivals.
Look for the giraffe calves in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park East Africa exhibit. Congo and Yamikani were orphaned at a few months old and were carefully cared for by zookeepers until old enough to join other giraffes in the exhibit. The third calf is Kafele, a male that was born to a resident zoo giraffe in November. Visitors are likely to see all babies hanging out together in a group as they would in the wild while their mother’s search for food.
In September the zoo was thrilled to welcome the birth of the 26th endangered Sumatran tiger born at the Safari Park. Hand-raised and bottle-fed the cub has been carefully cared for at the Animal Care Center and can now be viewed in the Tiger Trail habitat where he will live with six other Sumatran tigers.
3. Summer Camp While on your San Diego vacation, sign-up for the San Diego Zoo summer camp! Campers off all ages get an up-close and behind-the-scenes look at animal life. Camp themes include Colorful Critters, Animal Outlaws, Insider View at the Zoo, and Wildlife Challenges. Most camps are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4. New bus tours, displays, animal shows and more! To celebrate the zoo’s 100 years, San Diego Zoo is planning new events and activities throughout the year. Make sure you stop by the Centennial Plaza and see the 70-foot mural with photos of highlights from the zoo’s century-long history. There is also an interactive timeline online.
These 4 Amazing Things You Can Find at the San Diego Zoo is just a beginning to all of the zoo’s amazing animal experiences, activities and more.
The San Diego Zoo is located at 2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park, just north of downtown San Diego. Open every day of the year, including all holidays.
Please note the San Diego Zoo is 35 miles from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
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