Originating as an endangered species breeding facility for the San Diego Zoo
's large animals, the 2100-acre park is now home to more than 3000 animals, including elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, zebras and giraffes. Opened to the public on May 10, 1972, the San Diego Wild Animal Park is a unique adventure. Set against the native habitat of the San Pasqual Valley, the Park also features botanical gardens.
General admission is as follows: Adults (ages 12 and over) $26.50, Child (3-11) $19.50, Children 2 and under are free, and Seniors (60 and over) $23.85. This includes railway, shows, and exhibits. Parking is $6.00 per vehicle.
The park is located 32 miles northeast of the Zoo near the city of Escondido in north Greater San Diego. The San Diego Wild Animal Park is 20 times larger than the Zoo.