A Few Facts
- The Park is noted for its California condor breeding program, the most successful such program in the United States
- The park houses the world’s largest veterinary hospital
- The main purposes of this zoo is for species conservation & breeding
- California condors in the park are the key force in the recovery effort for the species
- The Safari Park has received several awards for its breeding programs & conservation efforts
For more information on the education of animals, please check out this Kid’s Oceanography Guide here.
If there is any article or reliable source out there that the park is mistreating animals, please link me so I can do research. I don’t want to support anything that mistreats animals.
They have a few souvenir shops throughout the park & I went to a small one to buy a giraffe ears headband because I thought they were really cute.
The park also serves alcohol at this location called “Rift Sand Bar”.
The park also has an hot air balloon tour.
& they have zip lining tours as well!
Safari Base Camp
Jeremiah & I headed back to the Safari Base Camp for our Caravan Safari tour. It was advised to be there early for check-in, so we arrived 15 minutes early.
In several countries rhinos are being poached & their horns can be sold on the black market for up for $60,000 a kilo. In 2012, South Africa alone lost 668 rhinos due to poaching 😢
San Diego Zoo does not support the dehorning that is happening in several countries & built a rhino rescue center to assist reproduction & ensure sustainable white rhino populations in the future. (information via bisbeeconservationfund.org & endextinction.org)
|baby rhino on the right!|
Jeremiah & I thought that the tour was just going to take us around the park & learn about the animals from our tour guide, but we were also allowed to feed them! Everyone in the tour got the opportunity to feed the giraffe some leaves.
We were also able to feed the rhinos some apples.
Our tour guide Danielle was awesome & extremely informative.
After the tour, we checked out the Cheetah Run, & then we checked out the other areas we didn’t get a chance to see.
I’m always bummed whenever I get to check out the lions because they sleep throughout the day. They’re nocturnal animals so it’s understandable. I want to be able to see them be active at least once though!
Savanna Cool Zone
Jeremiah & I were excited to see some elephants, but they were off roaming a little far, so we didn’t stay long in this area. I remember seeing a lot more elephants at the main San Diego Zoo.
They also have bats, but I don’t remember where they’re located at. I found it a little creepy, so we didn’t stay long. The habitat they were in was also super humid & hot.
The last place we checked out was the Tiger Trail, but we were only able to see one tiger. It looked really intimidating & fierce.
Overall, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park doesn’t have as many animals as the San Diego Zoo, but I think it’s because their facility is mostly for breeding, conservation, & veterinary purposes. Getting tour tickets definitely makes the visit worth its while though. It was a great experience to see the animals up close & get the chance to feed them.