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Review of San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo
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$98.00*
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San Diego Zoo with Transport from Anaheim
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$39.95*
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San Diego Tour: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
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$63.72*
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Ranked #2 of 442 things to do in San Diego
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Owner description: Founded in 1916, the Zoo has been an icon in San Diego for nearly 100 years—and an absolute must-see in Southern California. Spend the day monkeying around in our tropical oasis as you visit beautiful habitats that are home to gorillas, eagles, tigers, sun bears, Asian leopards, rare reptiles, a palette of colorful birds, and more. Visit the Australian Outback to delight in our colony of 24 koalas, and travel along Panda Trek to experience giant pandas and other animals that share their bamboo forest habitat. Go back in time through Elephant Odyssey to discover what animals used to roam Southern California and see what the elephants are up to. Enjoy a guided tour on a double-decker bus or the scenic view from the Skyfari aerial tram, and dine in the peaceful surroundings of Albert's Restaurant. Discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters, interactive experiences, and keeper chats. A leader in animal care and conservation, the San Diego Zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience.
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

The San Diego Zoo is world renowned for the variety of animals, the quality of its habitats, and its work in conservation. So much has already been said here, so there are few things I'd like to point out. The Zoo has a team of dogs that hang out with cheetahs. Almost all of these dogs are mutts who were found in shelters. Each dog is paired with a cheetah and they are gradually introduced. The dog provides companionship, comfort, and model behavior for the cheetah. Calmer cheetahs are better breeders which is important since cheetahs are endangered. You can see them together at the cheetah exhibit or you may encounter them taking a walk together with a couple of the staff. There are lots of opportunities to see animals interact with staff. We saw an elephant getting a pedicure. Finally, your ticket allows you to ride the aerial tram at no extra charge. It's fun and gives you a unique view of the zoo.

Do not miss the Zoo if you're in San Diego!

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Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Am I the only person who was lost all day ? My first time visiting the zoo and it was good, but I think I missed out on a lot because i couldn't find anything. A lot of trees and paths, I had trouble working things out. The pandas were the best thing about the whole day. Don't think I would come here again

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

You really have to spend the entire day from opening to closing to see everything! It's really impressive how they find new, innovative ways to recycle and make the planet a better place. The animals are always a delight to see and learn new facts. They are well cared for and it shows.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Polar bear was my favorite!! Loved the sky aire. Beautiful zoo, lots of walking. Definitely wear some comfy shoes. It was the best zoo I've ever been to by far. Enjoyed it!

Thank Candace T
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

After years of hearing about the San Diego zoo, we were worried that it would not live up to the hype. But it did. Excellent selection of wildlife and you can get up close. Very walkable, but trolley tour offers an excellent experience for those who can't or don't care to pound the pavement. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Thank alan m
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