Open every day of the year, including all holidays.
Current Hours (through May 28):
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Spring Hours (May 31–June 18):
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Summer Hours (June 19–August 21):
9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Summer Hours (August 22–September 3):
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Labor Day Weekend Hours (September 4 and 5):
9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Summer/Fall Hours (September 6–November 19):
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fall Hours/Wild Holidays (November 20–27; December 18–31):
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Fall/Winter Hours (November 28–December 17):
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Parking is $6 per vehicle for members, $9 for nonmembers; $11 per RV for members, $14 for nonmembers.
10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Get a bird’s-eye view of the entire Wild Animal Park on this unique airborne ride, modeled after the hot air balloon tours of the Serengeti. Located just west of Lion Camp, this quiet, tethered helium-filled balloon can carry up to 30 people and rises up to 400 feet (121 meters), giving riders a panoramic view of lions, rhinos, giraffes, wildebeest, and gazelle, as well as the beautiful San Pasqual Valley. Tickets for the Balloon Safari are available for $20 (members pay $17) at the balloon site. Balloon Safari operates daily, weather permitting, and each launch lasts approximately 15 minutes.
ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN YOUR TICKET PRICE
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
This kid-friendly area is filled with musical instruments, puppets, books, craft activities, and wildlife “toys” and is designed to give children and their adult companions a playful space for animal-themed fun. Educators facilitate learning and activities every day during Park operating hours. You can stop by for an impromptu animal presentation or do a stone rubbing of your favorite animal track.
Savanna Cool Zone
Walk through palm trees offering a gentle mist to three slippery critters that spout water: a turtle, a lion, and a crocodilian. Located next to Lion Camp, the Savanna Cool Zone is a wild way to cool off!
Jameson Research Island
Stop by this island research outpost to see animals up close, hear real-life animal stories, and play with inventive water games. Located in Heart of Africa.
Fisher-Price Samburu Jungle Gym
Kids love to climb and explore in this safari-themed play area; parents love the shade-covered picnic area! Located below Benbough Amphitheater.
Journey into Africa tour
Guided tour rides depart 9:30 a.m.–4:15 p.m. daily, including all holidays, with extended hours during the summer.
The Journey into Africa tour is an exciting expedition with brightly colored tour vehicles and our diverse animal collection creating a relaxing adventure. The ride path takes you around some of the field exhibits, giving you a chance to connect with the animals on a closer level.
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
For kids and kids at heart, our colorful Conservation Carousel features 60 ride elements to choose from, many of which replicate rare and endangered animals. You can ride a giraffe, rhino, zebra, cheetah, and more—which will be your favorite?
All shows are included with Wild Animal Park admission.
Animal Safari Misadventure
Lloyd very much wants to be a safari guide. His current task is to clean up around the safari camp, but he’s quite sure he’s destined for bigger things. Trouble is, some of those “things” have teeth, claws, wings, and scales! Through encounters with several different animals, can he convince his boss that he has what it takes? Only the audience at the Park’s Benbough Amphitheater can help him achieve his dream! Offered daily at 3 p.m.
Frequent Flyers® Bird Show
An East African crowned crane in flight is a stunning sight viewed by only a privileged few, until now! The crane is one of the stars of the Wild Animal Park’s bird show, Frequent Flyers. The program lets you witness birds in full flight.
Frequent Flyers offers spectacular flights and focuses on a variety of birds from around the world. With over 40 different species and growing, no two shows will be the same. Frequent Flyers is full of great fun, natural history, fantastic stories, and, of course, lots of birds! Offered daily, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
This interactive program gives you an opportunity to have face-to-face contact with the Park’s animal ambassadors like a cheetah, alligator, serval, and other rare and exotic animals. You may interact with trainers and ask questions about the species. Interactions happen throughout the Park; check your Park map insert for times and locations.
Come meet our cheetah ambassadors near Lion Camp. Offered daily at Noon.
Note: Schedules may vary or be canceled due to weather or animal health needs.
ATRACTIONS NOT INCLUDED IN TICKET PRICE (BUT REALLY COOL)
The San Diego Wild Animal Park is an1800 acre wildlife preserve which houses over 3500 animals representing 260 species and is a botanical garden.
The park's most famous and popular exhibits are the open-range enclosures. Visitors view
various habitats representing the Asian Plains, East Africa (the largest of the enclosures; it alone is larger than the San Diego Zoo), North Africa, Asian Waterhole, Southern Africa, and the Mountain Habitat. A number of smaller enclosures visible only from the tram are home to Grevy's zebras, Somali wild asses, kiangs (one of the world's only captive populations of this endangered wild equine), Arabian oryx, gorals, Japanese serows, black rhinoceroses, bonobos, and Przewalski's wild horses.
Species of note in the open enclosures include two subspecies of giraffe, rhinos (the wild animal park has the world's most successful breeding program for Southern white rhinos and is the only New World zoo to have Northern white rhinos; Indian rhinos are also on display), gaur, vultures, Cape buffalo, markhor, elephants, and many species of antelope, gazelle, wild cattle, and deer.
The park formerly operated a monorail line, the Wgasa Bush Line, which ran through the wild animal park. The name of the monorail was chosen by chief designer Chuck Faust, and is an acronym short for "who gives a shit anyway."
The Monorail line has been retired, partially due to high maintenance costs, and in March 2007 the new Journey into Africa attraction opened. The Journey into Africa tour brings visitors eye to eye with 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 Journey into Africa tour utilizes a wheeled tram that runs on biofuel instead of a monorail, and, unlike the monorail, the attraction now costs extra.
As well as the tram, the park has also added a tethered balloon ride that takes visitors high in the air for a bird's eye view of the exhibits. The balloon ride however is not included in the entrance fee.
The San Diego Wild Animal Park's Nairobi Village houses numerous exhibits for smaller animals. Among these are meerkats, pudu, an African Aviary, lemurs, flamingos, babirusa, red river hogs, and bee eaters. A large lagoon is home to numerous species of waterfowl, among them shoebill storks. Lorikeet Landing and Hidden Jungle display feedable Lories and lorikeets, and butterflies, respectively. Also, there is a nursery where visitors can watch baby animals being hand-reared as well as a nearby petting corral. Finally, a gorilla habitat houses a troop of Western lowland gorillas.
Condor Ridge displays endangered North American desert wildlife. The featured species are California condors (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. Other species displayed include Aplomado Falcons, Thick-billed Parrots, prairie dogs, black footed ferrets, magpies, and desert tortoises.
African lions with cubs sitting on top of a converted Land Rover located at the Lion Camp exhibitHeart of Africa is one of the park's feature exhibits. Visitors go down a trail which replicates habitats in Africa. The exhibit begins with scrub animals - vultures, lesser kudu, and giant eland. It then progresses to forest (okapi, duikers, and wattled cranes). It showcases plains animals - bontebok, warthogs, ground hornbills, cheetahs, and a research camp) against a backdrop of the open-range East Africa exhibit. A central lagoon displays lesser and greater flamingos, waterfowl, and an island with colobus monkeys.
The San Diego Wild Animal Park is also noted for its extensive botanical gardens, many of which are their own attractions separate from the animal exhibits.
John and I took John's grandpa and aunt Sue for a day at the Wild Animal Park and it was wonderful! Here a trainer has a cheetah on a leash and is staring grandpa down!
There are lots of walking trails and a Tram Ride through the park.
Feed the Lorikeets!
You can buy these little containers of nectar and sit in the Lorikeet enclousure while they sit on you and drink the nectar! A GREAT EXPERIENCE!
Witness the world’s fastest mammal do what it does best — run! Cheetah Run Safari takes small groups of spectators to a beautiful, rustic camp at the Wild Animal Park called Cheetah Outpost. From here, prepare to feel the wind whoosh by as the sleek African cat bolts past, mere feet away, after a mechanical rabbit lure. Running cheetahs keeps them in great shape and gives them a stimulating exercise outlet, giving us a more relaxed cat who lets out a thunderous purr after a run that lets us know the cheetah is happy. The unique opportunity to witness a cheetah sprinting is available on Saturdays by reservations only to a limited number of guests. In addition to seeing the fastest land mammal running, the 2-hour experience includes up-close encounters with other African wildlife, light refreshments, and a 5 x 7 photo of our cheetah.
*** Please Note: The price of this tour does not include admission to the park. Wild Animal Park tickets must be purchsed seperately. Tickets purchased for the San Diego Wild Animal Park Cheetah Run will be sent via email unless otherwise requested.