San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park Temporarily Closed

In following the guidance set forth from the Governor’s Office, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are temporarily closed.


Behind-the-Scenes Safari

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Without visitors to offset our ongoing costs, your support is more crucial now than ever before.

Your tax-deductible gift will care for wildlife at the Zoo and Safari Park and provide a sustainable lifeline for endangered species worldwide.


These 90-minute private Safaris are guaranteed to thrill and amaze! During your Safari, your guide will escort your group to a variety of locations around the Safari Park to see animals up close and share stories of wildlife care and conservation. No two Safaris are ever the same! This Safari includes special experiences at two different animal habitats, and can include areas not accessible to the public.

Your private guide will escort you around the Park in a deluxe cart that has been outfitted with special screens, to socially distance your family from the guide. This tour is perfect for a family outing—pricing is for the entire cart, up to six household members allowed. Admission is separate and required. 

Choose Your Behind-the-Scenes Safari — All Safaris are Private

Platypus sitting on a rock.

Aussie Surprise

For all ages**
$522 AND UP*
Offered daily; 90 minutes

Enjoy an early morning visit with wildlife in our award-winning Walkabout Australia! On this guided Safari, you will have an encounter with an animal ambassador, and see kangaroos and wallabies beginning their day. The experience includes an exclusive visit to the platypus habitat to learn what makes them one of nature’s most unique mammals—followed by an encounter with an Australian bird. You will hear about the work we are doing to help these animals, and what you can do to help their counterparts in native habitats.

* Price is per cart/up to 6 household members

Elephants and Friends

For all ages**
$522 and up*
Offered daily; 90 minutes

Go on safari behind the scenes at Elephant Valley! On this guided tour, you will learn about the amazing ways we care for our animals and how what we do here can help their wild counterparts. You will enjoy viewing Elephant Valley from a private viewing area while discovering what it takes to care for our one-of-a-kind African elephant herd.

*Price is per cart/up to 6 household members

A row of three female southern white rhinos seen from the front.

Rhinos and Friends

For all ages**
$522 and up*
Offered select dates; 90 minutes

Go behind the scenes at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center—a 3.5-acre state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the conservation of white rhinos, with a focus on assisted reproductive techniques highlighting our fight to end extinction. In addition, you’ll journey around the Safari Park’s unique multispecies field enclosures. Up to 60 minutes of walking or standing is required.

 *Price is per cart/up to 6 household members

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