You’re standing at the overlook, gazing at open fields extending out before you and watching herds of antelope and giraffes move across the plains. The vast expanse of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a sight to behold. It is a magical landscape, a haven for wildlife of all kinds, containing the right conditions for breeding some of the world’s most endangered species. In addition, half of the Safari Park’s 1,800 acres is a preserve set aside for Southern California plants and animals. Innovative exhibits, an emphasis on conservation, and breathtaking scenery make it a wondrous place to visit and explore.
The wide-open, multi-species exhibits provide a great environment for breeding endangered animals like the Przewalski’s horse, Arabian oryx, and Grevy’s zebra. Many have been reintroduced into the wild. The southern white rhino was one of the first species to take up residence at the Safari Park, and this mighty species was in trouble even in the 1970s. Since then, 93 southern white rhinos have been born at the Safari Park—and more than 60 Asian one-horned rhinos have also been born here. The California condor found a haven at the Safari Park: these birds had dwindled to only 22 individuals left in the world, but there are now more than 400, over half of which are now flying free.
The Safari Park also provides opportunities for animal behavior and health studies that would be difficult, if not impossible, to conduct in the wild. The results of these studies are shared with other zoos and with wildlife parks, helping guide animal conservation efforts.
The Safari Park offers choices of safari experiences to connect people with wildlife and inspire change. Feeding a rhino from a caravan truck brings home the realization that this stocky animal is much more than its horn. Watching elephants frolic in their pool and interact with each other shows their rich repertoire of behavior. Wide-open spaces and up-close encounters make the Safari Park an unforgettable experience.