San Diego Wild Animal Park (Ben Sumner)

The San Diego Wild Animal Park is one of the main tourist attractions of San Diego and Southern California. It houses a variety of wild and endangered animals including species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia. The park is in a semi-arid environment, based around Nairobi village in Kenya, and one of its most notable features is the large Wgasa Railway which explores 700 acres worth of free range exhibits. These free-range enclosures house such animals as cheetahs, antelopes, lions, giraffes, elephants, zebras, Przewalski's horses, rhinos, and bonobos. The park is also noted for its California condor breeding program, possibly the most successful program in the country, as well as an amazinig collection of rare hornbills.The park, visited by 2 million people annually, has an area of 1,800 acres and, in 2005, housed 3000 animals of more than 400 species plus 3,500 species of unique plants.

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Away Travel Expert: Cameron Walker
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  • If you're visiting several major San Diego attractions, you can get a 3-for-1 pass, which covers admission to SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Zoo, and the Wild Animal Park over a five-day period.
  • There are opportunities to interact with animals all over the park. Bring quarters to get a handful of dry grass pellets to feed the antelope, gazelle and deer species in the Petting Kraal. Have brightly-colored lorikeets land on your shoulders when you hold a cup of nectar ($3).
  • If your kids are crazy about animals, the Wild Animal Park offers summer camps for ages 2-17—be sure to register in advance.
Being at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, located just outside of Escondido, is probably the next best thing to an African safari. Cruising around some of the park's 1,800 acres on the Journey into Africa tram tour (free with a one-day pass),

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15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, California 92027
Parking: 9am-4pm thru mid June; 9am to 8pm mid June to early Sept
Price: $28.50 adults; $17.50 ages 3-11; free for military, children under 3

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Telephone Number: (760) 747-8702
Price Information: $28.50 adults; $17.50 ages 3-11; free for military, children under 3
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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