San Diego Zoo vs. San Diego Zoo Safari Park

As a longtime San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance member, I can tell you that the answer to “Which is better: San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park?” is never a short one.

They are both glorious parks in their own ways, and ideally, you would visit both.

Both parks are part of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance and work cohesively to save species worldwide through various impressive conservation initiatives.

What They Both Have in Common: Conservation

At either San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park, plan to do a fair bit of walking. Both parks are stroller friendly with provisions for wheelchair accessibility.

Differences in Size and Walking

San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an 1800-acre wildlife sanctuary that is home to 3000 animals from 300 species. You’ll see an emphasis on African and Asian animals that require more space.

San Diego Zoo is 100 acres with about 3500 animals in residence representing over 650 species and subspecies. There are a lot more animals across smaller acreage which means that there is less walking in between exhibits.

Both parks offer tours included with admission that give you the lay of the land.

Free Tours to Get You Acquainted

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