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Rhinos at San Diego Zoo Animal Safari

Formerly known and the San Diego Wild Animal Park, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an 1800-acre reserve in the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, CA.

Originally used as a breeding facility for the San Diego Zoo in the mid- 1960’s, the park has evolved into a stand-alone venue that attracts over 2 million visitors a year and provides habitats for over 2600 animals–as well as 3500 plant species. The Safari Park is in a semi-arid environment, which is an ideal Africa replacement for many of the animals, both large and small. The Africa Tram is a favorite with visitors, as it explores the park’s extensive African exhibits from above. Below are antelopes, giraffes, buffalo, rhinos, hippos, cranes and other African animals.

Behind the tourist scenes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is the world’s largest veterinary hospital. Also located here is Southern California’s quarantine center for zoo animals imported into the United States via San Diego. Finally, next door to the hospital is the Frozen Zoo, which holds cryogenically frozen embryos and genetic material from endangered species. This facility is one of less than a dozen of its sort in the world and could hold the key to saving stressed and endangered species.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is located 32 miles northeast of the San Diego Zoo at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road along California State Route 78.

Tip: One economical option for repeated visits to both the Zoo and the Safari Park for area residents is to purchase annual passes that allow entry to both for a year. Click here for additional information.

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