An easy drive from Oceanside, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California, is a great attraction that will make you feel like you are exploring the jungles and plains of Africa. The park features a variety of areas that mimic savannas, plains, and forests to house and protect everything from red river hogs to elephants. The Safari Park has had a lot of exciting events lately, so we wanted to keep you updated!
Recent news from the San Diego Safari Park
March 24: Baby Gorilla reunited with Mom for the first time after its birth
Born on March 12 through an emergency C-section, San Diego Safari Park’s adorable new addition then had to spend nearly two weeks recovering from pneumonia. After being separated for 12 days from gorilla mom, Imani, to be treated while Imani recovered from surgery, the baby gorilla was reunited with its mother in the gorilla’s indoor bedroom area. The baby was placed in some hay and then Imani entered the room, immediately touching and picking up her baby.
Since then, Imani has brought her baby into the area with the rest of the gorilla troop, successfully introducing baby to the group. If you think the baby gorilla’s photo is adorable, check out these videos!
Click here to see the YouTube video of the reunion of mother and baby.
Click here to see the YouTube video of the first day that Imani introduced her baby to the rest of the troop.
March 14: First California Condor chick of the season hatched
The 183rd California condor chick hatched through San Diego Zoo Global’s California condor breeding program. Just a few days later, it was followed by the second condor chick for this season. When this breeding program first began, there were only 22 California condors left in the world, putting the species on the brink of extinction. Compare that to today’s number of over 400 (232 of those are free-flying in the wild), and it’s easy to recognize the pivotal role that breeding programs have played in restoring the bird in the wild.
Both condor chicks hatched at the Safari Park will be considered for release into the wild at some point in the future. Releasing as many viable candidates back into the wild plays an important role in maintaining the local ecosystems, as condors are scavengers that can clean up carcasses and prevent the spread of diseases that the condors are immune to. We’re glad to welcome the first chicks and applaud the restoration efforts of the San Diego Zoo Global breeding program!
March 6: Lion cubs turn 3 months old
Born December 6, 2013, the two new African lion cubs have been stealing hearts at the Safari Park! Whether they’re eating or playing, these cat cubs remain a popular attraction that makes park visitors just say, “Awwww….”
Don’t miss the opportunity to see these cubs! Visit the San Diego Safari Park soon!
Coming soon to the Safari Park
April 5: Butterfly Jungle Opens
This seasonal, springtime attraction opens tomorrow! Meander through a warm tropical enclosure among thousands of butterflies of about 30 different species! The enclosure also features beautiful tropical plants and birds to view while serene butterflies float around (maybe even landing on you!)
The Butterfly Jungle starts Saturday, April 5, and ends Saturday, April 26, for the 2014 season. If you’re coming in for a visit, be sure to pick up free Timed Tickets for the Butterfly Jungle at the booth near Hidden Jungle. The Timed Tickets reserve a time to view the exhibit and are required from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. If you miss out on a reserved time, open viewing is available from 8-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. Explore more about the Butterfly Jungle on the San Diego Safari Park website!
April 20: Easter Brunch
Can’t get enough of the Safari Park? The park also offers tickets for special events. On Easter Sunday, April 20, the park will host a buffet-style Easter brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Forget making a big lunch yourself and spend the day at the park! For San Diego Safari Park members, the brunch cost is $42.95 per adult and $18.95 per child ages 3-11. For more information (including the menu!), visit the Safari Park’s event page.
Located at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is only about a 30-minute drive from Oceanside! We love having this attraction nearby and can’t wait to see more of the adorable animals and great work to come from the Safari Park!