San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is a zoo located in Balboa Park, San Diego, California that houses approximately 12,000 animals from over 650 species and subspecies on 100 acres of Balboa Park leased from the city.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, its parent organization, is a private nonprofit conservation organization. It boasts one of the world's largest zoological membership groups, with over 250,000 member families and 130,000 kid memberships, totaling over 500,000 persons.

The San Diego Zoo was a forerunner in the notion of cage-free, open-air displays that mimic natural animal habitats. The zoo housed and successfully produced giant pandas for decades. However, the pandas returned to China in 2019.

The San Diego Zoo is the most popular in the country. It has also been rated as one of the top zoos in the world by visitors. The American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums recognize the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance runs the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Exotic cats can jump and climb and do a lot more.  Bring your camera to this exciting and engaging event, where you will be able to see the creatures up close and in the open! You will also get a behind-the-scenes look at some animal ambassadors, thanks to experienced wildlife behavior specialists.

Get to learn fascinating facts about each animal you encounter and how the close to San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance assists in the conservation of species both locally and globally. Some creatures are exclusive to this event and can only be seen if you go to Animals In Action.


Enjoy a 60-minute guided tour of the Zoo in the luxury of your expedition cart, conducted by professional rangers. Your guide will tell tales about the plants and animals in the zoo's care and how conservation effort is having an impact throughout the world while you visit the Zoo together.

As you enjoy this unique Zoo experience, get off the cart for a closer look at some of your favorite species and take some stunning shots. Your guide will take you through the Zoo in a luxurious cart, an excellent tour for a family outing. Separate and compulsory admission is necessary.
Facial coverings are necessary for all guests from ages two and up. It is recommended during a segment of this excursion due to the proximity of wildlife.

Tour sites, vehicles, and animal interactions may change to comply with current public health and safety rules or protect your safety and comfort in the event of bad weather.