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The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are outdoor destinations and remain open. We continue to monitor the ongoing changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are following the recommendations provided by our state and local health authorities.

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Panorama of a Safari Park field exhibit with giraffes, water buffalo, and rhinos

Nativescapes Garden

baby bear

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As we face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, our team of dedicated specialists continue to care for countless animals and plants that depend on us each and every day.

Your continued support is critical to the wildlife in our care and vital to endangered species worldwide.

 

Nativescapes Garden

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S NATIVE PLANT SPECIES

While many botanical enthusiasts seek out unusual exotic plants and beautiful cultivars for their gardens, there is also much to be said for California's native species. The Safari Park's Nativescapes Garden is a testament to that fact, with more than 1,500 individual plants representing 500 species, all of which historically call Southern California home.

The garden's 4 acres (1.6 hectares) show off Southern California's plant communities: chaparral, coastal sage scrub, cypress, desert transition, high desert, island, low desert, montane, palm oasis, and riparian. With names like Apache plume, California buckeye, and monkey flower, these intriguing but often overlooked plants show that there's considerable variety and splendor to California's native landscape. Once you've experienced these unique plants, you can help restore some of California's botanical heritage by including them in your own garden! 



A free guided walking tour of the Nativescapes Garden is offered the second Saturday of April and May at 10 a.m. The tour begins at the Nativescapes Garden entrance, which is along the trail beyond the Baja Garden. Please allow about 30 minutes to walk from the Park's entrance. No reservations are required, and the tour is free with Park admission. For further information call (760) 744-2886.

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