It's the most wonderful time of the year! The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park (WAP to the natives) kicks off their summer celebrations. I'm posting the full press release for SDZ Safari Park after the jump, but the TL;dr is that the Safari Park will be open until 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays through September 1st, and starting this week, until 8pm on Mondays and Tuesdays through July 30th. On top of that, from June 16-September 2nd, the Zoo will be open until 8pm. If you don't have your annual pass, there's no better time to get it than now. Make sure you get at least the Keeper's Club level to get the free parking at Safari Park, otherwise you're throwing down $15 per visit. Also, pro-tip: if you're driving North on the 15, jump in the carpool lanes, exit at Del Lago, loop to the right through the mall (Beethoven) and you'll cut some time on the drive. Press release and adorbs animal photos after the jump. (All photos taken at the Safari Park from regular public viewing areas throughout the park over the past few years)
Summer Safari Celebration Set to Begin at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Presented by Groupon, This Year’s Festivities Run May 25–Sept. 1, 2019
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is kicking off its annual Summer Safari presented by Groupon on May 25, with special entertainment, food and animal encounters all season long. On Summer Safari weekends, the activities will include musical entertainment from 3 to 6 p.m.; a didgeridoo player at Walkabout Australia, a steel drum band at Thorntree Terrace and an acoustic guitarist at the Bamburi Boat Bar near Nairobi Station. Guests can also enjoy extended weekend hours, as the Safari Park will stay open until 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through July 28.
On Mondays and Tuesdays from June 10 to July 30, guests can enjoy the new Sundown Summer Safari, when the Safari Park stays open until 8 p.m. for extended fun and activities on those dates only. During Sundown Summer Safari, guests can traverse expansive field exhibits on an evening African Tram Safari, check out a 7 p.m. Cheetah Run, experience a Bubble Show at 4 and 6 p.m., and see the exciting, all-new Wildlife Wonders show in Benbough Amphitheater at 5 pm.
While guests enjoy the fun of Summer Safari, they can also check out Walkabout Australia, the Safari Park’s newest exhibit. This immersive 3.6-acre experience allows guests the chance to meet numerous Australian animals and explore the various habitats they call home. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk among kangaroos, wallabies, magpie geese, and colorful Australian plants. In addition, tree kangaroos and cassowaries—two of the most unusual species from the Land Down Under—can be seen in habitats adjacent to the newly built Zuest Station, designed to resemble a traditional Australian wool shed.
In addition to the entertainment, the Safari Park’s restaurants will offer dining specials, Family Meals, Taco Tuesdays and Flavors of the World menu items at different locations throughout the park. In addition, a Members Monday Wine Special for San Diego Zoo and Safari Park members will be available at The Watering Hole at Kijami Overlook during Sundown Summer Safari. Members will receive two entrees and a bottle of wine for a special price of $50, as they watch animals roaming in the field habitat from their table. For more information about Summer Safari, visit sdzsafaripark.org/summersafari.
At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, more than 1 million guests each year see animals in herds of mixed species, in expansive habitats. Safari tours offer savanna views of African and Asian animals, trails take visitors on treks to experience Australian and North American habitats—plus, there are opportunities for up-close encounters and unique behind-the-scenes perspectives. Known for its leadership in rhino conservation, the Safari Park is home to the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center, which is devoted to groundbreaking work to bring back the northern white rhino. As visitors discover the rare and endangered species at the Safari Park, they are directly contributing, through admission and on-grounds sales, to the efforts of San Diego Zoo Global, an international nonprofit conservation organization that works to fight extinction through recovery efforts for plants and animals worldwide. To learn more, visit sdzsafaripark.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.