San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park
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Park entrance sign
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Entrance to the Park
Date openedMay 10, 1972
LocationCity of San Diego

Mailing address:

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd.
Escondido, California 92027 [1] [2] [3]
Coordinates 33°05′59″N117°00′05″W / 33.099703°N 117.001525°W / 33.099703; -117.001525 Coordinates: 33°05′59″N117°00′05″W / 33.099703°N 117.001525°W / 33.099703; -117.001525
Land area1,800 acres (7.3 km2) (2.8 sq mi) [4]
No. of animals3500+ [4]
No. of species400+ [4]
Memberships AZA [5]
Major exhibitsAfrican Plains, African Outpost, African Woods, Asian Savanna, Condor Ridge, Elephant Valley, Gorilla Forest, Hidden Jungle, Lion Camp, Nairobi Village, Tiger Territory
Website sdzsafaripark.org

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, originally named the San Diego Wild Animal Park until 2010, is an 1,800 acre (730 ha) zoo in the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, California, near Escondido. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in San Diego County. The park houses a large array of wild and endangered animals including species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. This includes the largest collection of hoofed mammals in the world. The park is in a semi-arid environment, and one of its most notable features is the Africa Tram, which explores the expansive African exhibits. These free-range enclosures house such animals as antelopes, giraffes, buffalo, cranes, and rhinoceros. The park is also noted for its California condor breeding program.

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The park, visited by 2 million people annually, houses 3,000 animals representing roughly 400 species, as well as 3,500 plant species. [4]

Depending on the season, the park has about 400 to 600 employees. The park is also Southern California's quarantine center for zoo animals imported into the United States through San Diego.

The park has the world's largest veterinary hospital.[ citation needed ] Next door to the hospital is the Institute for Conservation Research, which holds the park's Frozen Zoo.

This zoological park and the San Diego Zoo are both run by the nonprofit San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. The park is 32 miles (51 km) away from the zoo, east of Escondido, California, along California State Route 78. The park is primarily within the San Diego city limits, [6] with an Escondido mailing address. [3]

History

The San Diego Zoological Society became interested in developing the Wild Animal Park in 1964. The idea of the park began as a supplementary breeding facility for the San Diego Zoo, which would allow ample space for large animals and ungulates.

The development proposed would differ significantly from that of a typical zoo in that animals would be exhibited in a natural environment rather than in cages. In 1964, the park was assessed financially and then moved onto the next phase; this resulted in three alternative developments. There was an idea for a conservation farm, a game preserve, and a natural environment zoo. The natural environment zoo development was chosen over the conservation farm and game preserve even though it was the most expensive option. The estimated initial cost was $1,755,430. [7]

The main purposes of this zoo were to be species conservation, breeding of animals for the San Diego Zoo as well as other zoos and providing areas where zoo animals could be conditioned. When it came to naming the park, five titles were considered: San Diego Animal Land, San Diego Safari Land, San Diego Wild Animal Safari, San Diego Wildlife Park and San Diego Wild Animal Park. [7]

The scheduled opening day of the park was set for April 1, 1972; however, the gates did not open until May 10, 1972. [7] The general layout of the park, designed by Charles Faust, included a large lagoon with a jungle plaza, an African fishing village, an aviary at the entrance of the park and approximately 50,000 plants were to be included in the landscaping. [7] Although the park was scheduled to open in three years from the time of the groundbreaking, the total development of the park was estimated to take ten years.

The first two animals to arrive at the park were the nilgai, an antelope from the plains of North India, and the black-and-white striped Grant's zebra, native to East Africa. [7] Other animals to arrive at the park include the gemsbok, a type of oryx from South Africa and Namibia, the sable antelope, the greater kudu, the white rhinoceros which was in danger of extinction, the Indian rhinoceros, and 10 cheetahs, who were brought to the park for breeding purposes.

In the summer of 2003, the San Diego Zoological Society and Lowry Park Zoo orchestrated the capture of 11 wild African elephants from the Hlane Royal National Park in Swaziland (since 2018 named. The zoos said the animals were scheduled to be killed due to overpopulation. [8] However, In Defense of Animals disputes this, claiming that new fencing costing many times less than the capture and transport would have ended the need to remove any elephants from Swaziland (since 2018 renamed to Eswatini), and that the Save Wild Elephants Coalition reported that there were three other sanctuaries in Africa that had offered to take the elephants. [9]

Five of these elephants are now at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, [8] and cumulatively they have produced thirteen babies as of 2013. [10] [11] In March 2012 five elephants were moved to the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona, to form a new herd. A bull elephant, two cows, and two baby bulls were moved and in return two cow elephants that had been together for years. Connie, an Asian elephant, and Shaba, an African elephant, were sent to the San Diego Zoo. [12] [13] Connie died from cancer in July 2012 just five months after the move. Shaba was slowly introduced into the herd in February 2013. [14] On July 12, 2012, Ndulagave birth to Umzula. A male calf named Zuli was the largest elephant born in the safari park. The California wildfires that officially started on October 21, 2007, burned 600 acres (2.4 km2) of native habitat preserved in the park and caused it to temporarily close. The park also moved many of their endangered animals out of danger. The fire did not reach any of the main enclosures, and no animals were killed directly by the fire, although deaths of a clapper rail and kiang were attributed to indirect effects of the blaze.

On June 30, 2010 the San Diego Zoo board of trustees voted to change the name of the park from the Wild Animal Park to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to clarify what it offers, since some visitors were unclear as to the difference between the zoo proper and the "animal park". The name "safari" is supposed to emphasize "the park's spacious enclosures of free-ranging animals" (as opposed to "the closer quarters of the zoo"), encouraging visits to both locations. In July 2019, the zoo opened the brand new exhibit Nikhita Khan Rhino Centre, named after the animal lover and lawyer Nikhita Khan, to serve as the home for six rhinos. A few days after the opening, one of the six rhinos, Victoria, gave birth to Edward, a male rhino, the first in North America to be born via artificial insemination. [15]

The main Africa Enclosure, where many of the herbivores live free-range Wildanimalpark.jpg
The main Africa Enclosure, where many of the herbivores live free-range

Exhibits and attractions

Asian Savanna and African Plains

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Rhinos in the African Plains

The park's largest exhibits, covering over 300 acres (120 ha), [16] are the open-range enclosures. Visitors view various plains habitats from Africa and Asia. Asian Savanna covers 60 acres (24 ha) and displays Indian rhinoceros, Bactrian camels, banteng, gaur and several species of Asian deer and antelope such as blackbuck, barasingha, North China sika deer, axis deer, Eld's deer, Père David's deer, nilgai, white-lipped deer, sambar deer, and Bactrian deer. A number of smaller enclosures visible only from the tram are home to Somali wild ass, Arabian oryx, markhor and Przewalski's horses. [16] African Plains represents many regions and habitats. East Africa displays African buffalo, southern white rhinoceros, Rothschild's giraffe, reticulated giraffe, fringe-eared oryx, waterbuck, Nile lechwe, red lechwe, impala, Grant's gazelle, Thomson's gazelle, and a lagoon with East African crowned cranes, Dalmatian pelicans, African sacred ibises and great white pelicans. [16] The North Africa exhibit represents the Sahel and Sahara Desert that houses scimitar-horned oryx, Barbary stag, red-fronted gazelle, Barbary sheep and Ankole-Watusi cattle. [16] The Southern Africa field exhibits Grévy's zebras, waterbucks, kudus and an Ankole-Watusi. The South Africa field exhibit holds Masai giraffes, common eland, sable antelope, gemsbok, springbok, blue wildebeest and ostrich. [17] The Central Africa region features a wooded waterhole with an island for saddle-billed storks, spur-winged geese, Goliath herons, and Rüppell's vultures. On the shores of the lake are bongo antelope, red river hog, greater kudu, Ugandan kob, roan antelope, and other forest animals. [17]

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A replica Congo fishing village in Nairobi Village

Species of note in the open enclosures include two subspecies of giraffe, rhinos (it was the last New World zoo to have northern white rhinoceros), vultures, markhor, and many species of antelope, gazelle, and deer.

Tiger Trail

The Sumatran tigers, Denver and Rakan (male), Joanne, Majel, Cathy, Debbie, and Diana, have three different exhibits, and there is a glass viewing window for visitors. [18] [19] After raising $19.6 million for the new exhibit ground was broken on December 12, 2012. The new exhibit is named the Tull Family Tiger Trail after movie producer Thomas Tull and his wife. [20] Tiger Trail opened May 24, 2014. In August 2017, a Bengal tiger cub named Moka was rescued by border police from a car on the Mexican border and brought to the zoo. [21]

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Tiger in San Diego Zoo Safari Park's Tiger Trail exhibit

The exhibits' matriarch, Delta, was euthanized on July 29, 2018, shortly after her birthday, due to old age. The current matriarch is her daughter, Joanne.

Nairobi Village and Gorilla Forest

The park's Nairobi Village houses numerous exhibits for smaller animals. Among these are meerkats, Rodrigues fruit bats, an African aviary, ring-tailed lemurs, Chilean flamingos, pudú, Kirk's dik-diks, yellow-backed duikers, red river hogs, West African crowned cranes, South American coatis, and white-fronted bee-eaters. [22] A large lagoon is home to numerous species of waterfowl, both foreign and native. Lorikeet Landing and Hidden Jungle display feedable lories and lorikeets, and African birds, respectively. There is a nursery where visitors can watch baby animals being hand-reared as well as a nearby petting corral. [22] Finally, a habitat houses a troop of western lowland gorillas. In 2014, Imami gave birth to Joanne despite a respiratory problem. She and Joanne were treated for 11 days.

In 2019 medical experts collaborated to do cataract surgery on a three-year-old gorilla, Leslie. This was the park's first cataract surgery on a gorilla. [23]

In January 2021, two gorillas were reported to be the first known cases of COVID-19 transmission from humans to apes during the coronavirus pandemic. The gorillas recovered from the virus. [24]

Hidden Jungle

Located in Nairobi Village, this climate-controlled indoor exhibit opened in 1993 [25] and displays tropical African birds and insects. [26] The entrance to the building is a simulated earthen crevasse with displays for stick insects, spiders, scorpions, insects, millipedes, lizards, and snakes. [25] The underground segment opens up to a room representing the rainforest understory, which leads to a second room representing the canopy. On display are long-tailed paradise whydah, purple grenadier, red-crested turaco, African pygmy goose, beautiful sunbird and other birds. [26]

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A pair of African lions rest on an overcast day.

Hidden Jungle is the setting of the annual Butterfly Jungle event. [26]

Lion Camp

Opened in October 2004, Lion Camp houses the park's six African lions, Izu, Mina, Oshana and Etosha in a 1-acre (0.40 ha) exhibit. [27] The park's two other lions, Ernest and Miss Ellen, were moved to the San Diego Zoo. One side of the enclosure is dominated by an artificial rock kopje which has a 40-foot-long (12 m) glass viewing window and heated rocks. [27] The path continues along an acacia-studded ravine and leads to a replica observation tent. This has a smaller viewing window as well as a Land Rover for the lions to rest on.

A California condor perches on the giant rock in its aviary. Condor Ridge.JPG
A California condor perches on the giant rock in its aviary.

Condor Ridge

Condor Ridge displays endangered North American desert wildlife. [28] The featured species are California condors [28] (the Wild Animal Park was the key force in the recovery effort for these birds and this is one of the only places in the world where the public can see them in captivity) and desert bighorn sheep. [28] Other species displayed include thick-billed parrots, bald eagles, Harris's hawks, burrowing owls, and desert tortoises. [28]

African Woods and African Outpost

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Tours and rides

The park formerly operated a monorail line, the Wgasa Bush Line, which ran clockwise through the Wild Animal Park. The name of the monorail was chosen by chief designer Chuck Faust. Local San Diego lore holds that when asked to put a name for the line on the original plans, the designer listed "Wgasa" as an acronym for "who gives a sh*t anyway". This may be apocryphal.

The Monorail line has been retired, partially due to high maintenance costs, and in March 2007 the Journey into Africa attraction, now renamed Africa Tram, opened. The Africa Tram tour runs counterclockwise and brings visitors to the field exhibits to see wildlife from different parts of Africa. In addition, another route is planned to bring visitors through the Asian field exhibits and into eight new ones that will house a variety of African animals from rock hyrax to Hartmann's mountain zebras. The tour utilizes a wheeled tram that runs on biofuel instead of a monorail.

As well as the tram, the park has also added a tethered balloon ride that allows visitors to see the plains exhibits from 400 feet (120 m) (~21 giraffes) in the air. [29] The balloon ride is not included in the entrance fee.

Gardens

The park also has extensive botanical gardens, many of which are their own attractions separate from the animal exhibits.

Walkabout Australia

Walkabout Australia is the park's only Australia exhibit. [30] It is 3.6 acres and guests can go inside an exhibit which features western grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies, Australian brushturkeys, radjah shelducks, freckled ducks and magpie geese. Walkabout Australia also has two southern cassowary exhibits, a Matschie's tree-kangaroo exhibit and an animal ambassador area where guests can meet the safari park's Australian animal ambassadors. Walkabout Australia also has a restaurant and a devil's marbles area. It is also home to two platypuses, Birrarung and Eve. [31] The exhibit opened in 2018. [32] [33] [34]

Conservation

The safari park was a major factor in the recovery of the California condor. Beginning in 1980, it worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Los Angeles Zoo to start a captive breeding program. [35] The last 22 condors were taken into captivity in 1987 [35] To breed the condors quickly, the Safari Park would remove the eggs from the nests to induce the females to lay a second egg. [35] [36] The removed egg hatches in an incubator and is raised with a condor handpuppet to prevent human imprinting, while the second egg is raised by its parents. The first condor born through this process is Siscouc, a male condor, who was the patriarch of the flock (last chick, Kitwon). Now that title goes to Siwon. [35] [36] Captive-bred condors were reintroduced into the wild beginning in 1992, and today their population 500, with 200 in the wild as of November 2020. [35]

On December 14, 2014, Angalifu, a 44-year-old male northern white rhinoceros, died of old age at the park. This left only five northern white rhinos left in the world, including one female at the Safari Park. [37] On November 22, 2015, the park's last northern white rhino, 41-year-old Nola, was euthanized due to bacterial infection and her health rapidly failing.

In June 2019, two young male African elephants named Ingadze and Lutsandvo were sent to Alabama's Birmingham Zoo as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan. [38] On 28 July 2019, the zoo announced the birth of Edward, a male Southern White Rhinoceros, the first rhino in North America born through artificial insemination, born to Victoria and Maoto. The second rhino born through artificial insemination, Future, a female southern White rhinoceros, was also born in the park. On August 12, 2018, the zoo announced the birth of Zuli, a male elephant born to Ndula, the largest calf born at the zoo, of 299 pounds. The record was broken six weeks later by Kaia, a female elephant born to Umngani, at 320 pounds.

Awards

The Safari Park has received several awards for its breeding programs and conservation efforts.

YearAwarding bodyAwardNotes
1972 American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (AAZPA)Edward H. Bean AwardFor hatching of Abyssinian ground hornbill [39]
1974AAZPAEdward H. Bean AwardFor hatching of Abyssinian ground hornbill [39] [40]
1989AAZPAEdward H. Bean AwardFor California condor breeding (shared with San Diego Zoo and Los Angeles Zoo) [39] [40]
1994 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)Significant Achievement AwardFor hornbill breeding program [39]
2007Avian Scientific Advisory Group (ASAG)Plume Award for Noteworthy Achievement in Avian HusbandryFor the Light-footed Clapper Rail coalition [shared with Chula Vista Nature Center, SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Reserve] [41]
2011USFWSEndangered Species Recovery Champion Award (Pacific Southwest Region)Awarded to Michael Mace, Curator of Birds, for work with California condors and light-footed clapper rails [39]

Notes

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  6. "San Pasqual Valley Plan" (PDF). City of San Diego Planning Department. p. 29. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 9, 2022. Retrieved February 6, 2012. Most commercial activity in the San Pasqual Valley is related to tourism, education or recreation. These uses include ... the San Diego Wild Animal Park operated by the zoological society on 1,800 acres of land leased from the City
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 Article: San Diego Wild Animal Park, by Sandy Harriger; http://history.sandiego.edu/GEN/USPics/zoo/wildanimalpark3.html
  8. 1 2 Shroder, Susan. "African elephant born at San Diego Wild Animal Park". sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
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  13. Lori Weisberg (March 2, 2012). "Elephant pals at home in SD Zoo". The San Diego Union-Tribune . Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  14. "Elephant Shaba meets the girls". blogs.sandiegozoo.org. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  15. Brennan, Deborah Sullivan (12 July 2010). "Wild Animal Park to switch to 'Safari Park'". North County Times . Archived from the original on 15 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  16. 1 2 3 4 "Wild Animal Park Exhibit: Asia and Africa Field Exhibits". sandiegozoo.org. Zoological Society of San Diego. Archived from the original on August 24, 2006.
  17. 1 2 "Wild Animal Park Exhibit: Journey into Africa Tour". sandiegozoo.org. Zoological Society of San Diego. Archived from the original on August 24, 2007.
  18. "Tiger Trail at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park". www.sdzsafaripark.org. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  19. "Tigers at the Park: Please Help Build Their New Home". sandiegozoo.org. Zoological Society of San Diego. December 30, 2011.
  20. "San Diego Safari Park breaks ground on 5 acre tiger habitat". kpbs.org. December 12, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  21. Staff, News (August 25, 2017). "Zoo takes custody of tiger cub seized at border crossing". WBFF. Retrieved January 14, 2021.{{cite web}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  22. 1 2 "Wild Animal Park: Nairobi Village". sandiegozoo.org. Zoological Society of San Diego. August 12, 2006. Archived from the original on August 12, 2006.
  23. "Experts Come Together to Save 3-year-old Gorilla's Eyesight at San Diego Zoo Safari Park". ucsdnews.ucsd.edu. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  24. GibbonsJan. 12, Ann; 2021; Pm, 2:25 (January 12, 2021). "Captive gorillas test positive for coronavirus". Science | AAAS. Retrieved January 14, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  25. 1 2 "Wild Animal Park Exhibits: Hidden Jungle". sandiegozoo.org. Zoological Society of San Diego. Archived from the original on August 11, 2006.
  26. 1 2 3 "San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Hidden Jungle". sandiegozoo.org. Zoological Society of San Diego. Archived from the original on December 31, 2011.
  27. 1 2 "Wild Animal Park: Lion Camp". sandiegozoo.org. San Diego Zoological Society. Archived from the original on February 7, 2005.
  28. 1 2 3 4 "Condor Ridge at the Wild Animal Park Exhibit Description". sandiegozoo.org. Zoological Society of San Diego. Archived from the original on March 6, 2005.
  29. "San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Activities". sandiegozoo.org. San Diego Zoological Society. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  30. Bradley J. Fikes (May 23, 2018). "Kangaroos, kookaburras and echidnas, oh my! Walkabout Australia opens at San Diego Zoo Safari Park". The San Diego Union-Tribune . Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  31. Saunders, Mark (November 22, 2019). "San Diego Zoo Safari Park's new platypuses are only ones living outside Australia". KGTV.
  32. KUSI Newsroom (May 18, 2018). "San Diego Zoo Safari Park to open new Walkabout Australia exhibit". McKinnon Broadcasting.
  33. Gardner, Terry (May 24, 2018). "Cuckoo for kangaroos? They'll be hopping at San Diego Zoo Safari Park's new Walkabout Australia". Los Angeles Times.
  34. Huard, Christine (October 6, 2020). "Safari Park Honored with Top Award for Walkabout Australia Design". Times of San Diego.
  35. 1 2 3 4 5 "California Condor Recovery". azgfd.gov. Arizona Game and Fish Department. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011.
  36. 1 2 "SDZ Global Wildlife Conservancy - Success Stories - Condors". sandiegozooglobal.org. Zoological Society of San Diego. December 30, 2011. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011.
  37. "Death of Rare White Rhino Leaves 5 in the World". National Geographic. December 16, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  38. "Birmingham Zoo Welcomes 2 New Male African Elephants from San Diego Zoo Safari Park". June 28, 2019.
  39. 1 2 3 4 5 "SDZG History Timeline". San Diego Zoo Global. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  40. 1 2 "Edward H. Bean Award". aza.org. Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Archived from the original on June 22, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2015.
  41. "Past Plume Awards Recipients". aviansag.org. Avian Scientific Advisory Group. Retrieved June 21, 2015.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Birmingham Zoo</span> Zoo in Alabama, United States

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wilhelma</span> Botanical garden in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Wilhelma is a zoological-botanical garden in Stuttgart in the Bad Cannstatt district in the north of the city on the grounds of a historic castle. Wilhelma Zoo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Baden-Württemberg, seeing more than 2 million visitors annually.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dallas Zoo</span> Zoo in Dallas, Texas, United states

Dallas Zoo aka Dallas Zoological Park is a 106-acre (43 ha) zoo located 3 miles (5 km) south of downtown Dallas, Texas, in Marsalis Park. Established in 1888, it is the oldest and largest zoological park in Texas and is managed by the non-profit Dallas Zoological Society. It is home to over 2,000 animals representing 406 species. It is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Phoenix Zoo</span> Non-profit zoo in the United States, opened 1962

The Phoenix Zoo opened in 1962 and is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the zoo was founded by Robert Maytag, a member of the Maytag family, and operates on 125 acres (51 ha) of land in the Papago Park area of Phoenix. It has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Safari park</span> Zoo-like tourist attraction

A safari park, sometimes known as a wildlife park, is a zoo-like commercial drive-in tourist attraction where visitors can drive their own vehicles or ride in vehicles provided by the facility to observe freely roaming animals.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fresno Chaffee Zoo</span> Zoo in California, United States

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a zoo in Roeding Park in Fresno, California covering 39 acres and housing over 190 species. Its attractions include Stingray Bay, Dino Dig, Valley Farm, Sea Lion Cove, African Adventure, and Ross Laird's Winged Wonders Bird Show. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Santa Barbara Zoo</span> Zoo in California, United States

The Santa Barbara Zoo is located on 30 acres (12 ha) near the ocean in Santa Barbara, California. It was built on the site of what was known as the Child Estate. The zoo has been ranked numerous times as one of the nation's best small zoos. It has more than 500 animals in numerous exhibits, including capybara and California condors, and is famous for having had a giraffe with a crooked neck. It also features a few non-animal attractions, such as the 2 ft narrow gauge Zoo Train, complete with a pair of Chance Rides C.P. Huntington locomotives. The zoo first opened in August 1963.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Safari Park Dvůr Králové</span> Zoo in Dvůr Králové nad Labem, Czech Republic

Safari Park Dvůr Králové, known as Dvůr Králové Zoo until 2018, is a 72-hectare (180-acre) zoo located in Dvůr Králové nad Labem, Czech Republic. It is the second largest zoo in the country, showcasing a large open "safari" section. One of its most significant missions is to protect endangered and threatened wildlife species.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Africam Safari</span> Zoo in Puebla, Mexico

Africam Safari is a Mexican safari park that was established in 1972 by Captain Carlos Camacho Espíritu. It is about 17 kilometres (11 mi) from the city of Puebla, Mexico.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">ZooParc de Beauval</span> Zoo in Centre, France

The ZooParc de Beauval, more commonly called Beauval Zoo or, more simply, Beauval, is a French zoological park located in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire. It features more than 35,000 animals on 40 hectares, which is one of the largest animal collections in France and in Europe. Created in 1980 by Françoise Delord, it is now run by her son, Rodolphe Delord, and managed by his family, which owns most of the capital.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance</span> Non-profit organisation in the U.S.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in San Diego that operates the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Founded in 1916 as the Zoological Society of San Diego under the leadership of Harry M. Wegeforth, the organization claims the largest zoological society membership in the world, with more than 250,000 member households and 130,000 child memberships, representing more than half a million people. The organization's mission is to save species worldwide by uniting their expertise in animal care and conservation science with their dedication to inspiring passion for nature.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cabarceno Natural Park</span> Zoo in Penagos

Cabárceno Natural Park is a zoo and nature reserve located in the town of Penagos, Spain, 17 kilometres (11 mi) south of Santander.