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Address: Sloat Boulevard at 45th Avenue, Parkside, San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone Number: 415 753 7080
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Description: The penguins win the popularity contest at this zoo. You can watch being...
The penguins win the popularity contest at this zoo. You can watch being fed daily at 3 PM. Or, if you prefer the big cats, come an hour earlier.
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A nice family outing

We went with a 6 yr old grandchild. I haven't been here since I was about 10, so was looking forward to it. All in all, it was a pleasant day and the kid loved it. It's big, yes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Despite having teenagers in the family we love visiting zoos, especially now they are geared towards research and breeding programs to help endangered animals. San Francisco zoo is more like the type of zoo we saw 20 years ago, animals as exhibits. We enjoyed seeing the animals and the keepers gave informative talks, but some of the enclosures seemed small... More 

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Monterey, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Our 4 year old loved seeing his favorite animals, and this zoo does have all of the major animals that you'd expect to see when you take a trip to a zoo. I took points away because there was an excess of empty displays, and some displays/exhibits lacked information cards, so we were left having to guess as to what... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

So disappointed with the zoo. It's dirty and in need of up keeping. It sad because it's a good size zoo.

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Mentor, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

My family was so very disappointed with the San Francisco zoo. My 5 year old granddaughter said the animals were sad!!! It became like where's Waldo, to know if the next exhibit was occupied or empty. The pachaderm building was a ropes course for kids. This zoo is not worth the price of admission. City of San Francisco should be... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Price is reasonable ($20 for each adult) and there were many exhibits. However, some of them were so small, I felt bad for the animals inside. There were also several empties ... No gorillas, no Grizzlies, no anaconda or sloths other than a specific time frame, etc. a bit disappointing. Other all, more concrete than I'd like and less green... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We went with a 6 yr old grandchild. I haven't been here since I was about 10, so was looking forward to it. All in all, it was a pleasant day and the kid loved it. It's big, yes it can get windy since it's near the ocean and many of the cages are obviously old. But they are updating... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Hi, We have an active son and the zoo was great for him. Some animal exhibits are better than others. The giraffe/zebra/ostrich exhibit is great, as well as the bear exhibit, snow leopard, lions, gorillas and penguins. The Tigers were asleep during our visit, as were other animals. The steam train is very fun to rise and there is a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

As zoos go, this one is just okay. Several of the exhibits were empty, and there were not a lot of animals overall. I've definitely been to much nicer zoos. There was only one eatery I could find other than a few carts scattered throughout. The keeper scheduled talks were scheduled throughout the day and had great info to share,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I would consider this a medium size zoo with an okay but not great variety of animals. It's also kind of far away from everything else, I took the metro rail and it took an hour each way from the downtown area. On the plus side, the zoo is only one block from the metro rail station once you get... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The most horrific thing about this zoo is the state of the animals. One of the polar bears is 34 but in terrible condition. All the animals look bored or depressed despite their supposed 'enrichment'. The only enclosures up to standard were the mandrills and the primate area, bar the tiny gorilla paddock. The zoo is outdated and run down... More 

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Address: Sloat Boulevard at 45th Avenue, Parkside, San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone Number: 415 753 7080
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Sunset

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