20 Amazing Animal Encounters in San Diego, California

We’re lucky to have animal encounters in San Diego that are naturally-occurring, at wildlife sanctuaries, or in our conservation-minded attractions like San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Two pinniped groups occupy separate areas, but if you're kayaking or snorkeling in the La Jolla Underwater Park, you might encounter either one in the water.

La Jolla Seals and Sea Lions

You can typically feed rhinos and giraffes on the Caravan Safari which is an upgraded experience that I recommend.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Lorikeets, Wallabies, and Caravan Safari

The best animal encounters at San Diego Zoo are through the Inside Look and VIP tours.

San Diego Zoo Inside Look, VIP, and Other Tours

Pregnant female leopard sharks have frequented this area for decades, as scientists discovered that the warm shallow ocean water accelerates the incubation process.

La Jolla Leopard Sharks

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