Sundown Summer Safari

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June 10 - July 30

Join us Mondays and Tuesdays from June 10 through July 30, when you can stay until 8 p.m. to enjoy special entertainment and food.


  • Small child reaching for large bubble.
    Bubble Show
    Location: Tembo Stadium
    Times: 4 and 6 p.m.

    Floating, shimering, bobbing, and streaming—bubbles are a blast! Make your way to Tembo Stadium in Elephant Valley for this fun, interactive show about bubbles.

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    Wildlife Wonders
    Location: Benbough Amphitheater
    Times: 5 p.m.

    Discover some of our amazing animal ambassadors in action, and find out what makes them so special. Along the way, you'll discover how they connect to our conservation efforts and get a glimpse of how we train our furred and feathered friends.

  • Three clear glass juggling balls held by a magician.
    Village Fun Fest
    Location: Nairobi Village

    Our roaming crew of entertainers are delightful to watch—and fun to interact with. From stilt walkers and street performers to interactive "minute to win it" games, there’s lots to see and do!

Animal Experiences

  • Cheetah running and kicking up dirt.
    Sundown Cheetah Run
    Location: Shiley's Cheetah Run/Lion Camp
    Times: 7 p.m.

    Witness the fastest land mammal up close and personal, doing what it does best: run! This is a unique, jaw-dropping experience for all guests that's included with Park admission. During Shiley's Cheetah Run, the sleek cat races on a straight 330-foot-long track that allows it to really stretch its legs and reach maximum speed of about 70 miles per hour.

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    Sundown Cheetah Safari
    Location: Shiley's Cheetah Run/Lion Camp
    Times: 6:40 p.m.

    For an extra-special experience during Sundown Summer Safari only, Sundown Cheetah Safari offers a refreshing adult or non-alcoholic beverage, private animal encounter, and reserved, trackside seating to watch this same lightning-quick cheetah, just feet away, as it whooshes by, followed by an exclusive meet-and-greet opportunity with the cheetah and trainer!

    Reservations are required for this popular option! Claim your spot now by selecting a Monday or Tuesday date.

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    Animal Encounters

    Times: 9:30 a.m. to Noon

    Meet some of our special animal ambassadors as their trainers share fascinating information and stories.

    Animal Ambassador Stage: Continuous from 9:30 a.m. to noon

    Near Benbough Amphitheater: 12:30 p.m. (15 minutes)

    Okavango Outpost Lawn: 2 p.m. (15 miinutes)


  • A pair of wine glasses chinking together in a toast.
    Members Monday Wine Special
    Location: Kijamii Overlook

    San Diego Zoo Global members*, this one's for you! Enjoy a bottle of wine and two entrees along with a sweeping view of giraffes, rhinos, antelope and other African animals at the Watering Hole at Kijamii Overlook. Price: $50. This special also includes two Sundown Cheetah Run reserved viewing tickets, while supplies last. Tickets valid only on day of purchase.

    *Membership card and identification required.

  • Three carne asada tacos with cilantro and onions.
    Taco Tuesdays

    Tuesdays are for tacos! Pick some up and take $1 off at Congo Kitchen, Samburu Terrace, Lion Cart, or the Watering Hole.

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