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BEHIND-THE-SCENES SAFARI

 

GET THE INSIDE SCOOP!

Did you know there's more to the Safari Park than most guests see? Venture deeper into the Park experience and visit areas not accessible to the general public! During these small-group tours, a quiet electric safari cart takes you to off-exhibit, behind-the-scenes places where we care for our critters. A knowledgeable Behind-the-Scenes Safari guide takes you off the beaten path and provides the inside scoop on how we care for our animals, design our trend-setting enclosures, and carry out conservation and research work here in San Diego and around the globe. 

A variety of behind-the-scenes adventures await your choosing. Would you like to watch an okapi take a treat from you with its long tongue or meet the last truly wild equid, the Przewalski's horse, up close? Are you curious to see our state-of-the-art veterinary medical center? We even have an adventure geared for families with little ones that includes exclusive access to our Petting Kraal and the chance to feed meerkats and catfish!

Come by yourself or with family and friends! Which safari adventure will you choose?

Choose your behind the scenes safari

BEHIND THE SCENES

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Daily: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Weekends: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Additional select days may be offered.
Visit some of our most famous animal residents as a knowledgeable guide takes you off the beaten path and provides the inside scoop on how we care for our animals.

Minimum age: 3
 

FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS

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Daily: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Providing the best possible care for our animals is our top priority. Learn all the secrets, and get a glimpse of some of our recent breeding successes in the behind-the-scenes areas of our African elephant and okapi exhibits.


Minimum age: 3
 

SAVANNA SAFARI

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Weekends, plus select additional dates: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Safari stops will include a behind-the-scenes visit at our elephant habitat, a chance to feed Somali wild asses, and a guided tour around the Africa Tram tour loop.


Minimum age: 3
 

VETERINARY MEDICAL CENTER

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Saturdays: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Take an inside look at the Park's Paul Harter Veterinary Medical Center and learn about the history of veterinary services at the Park. You'll see the state-of-the-art facilities we use to provide our animals with the best of care.


Minimum age: 6
 

JUNIOR EXPLORERS

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Saturdays, plus select additional dates: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Designed for our littlest guests, this family-oriented tour visits one of our most popular animal families, the meerkats and Petting Kraal, and includes catfish feeding, an animal presentation, and a mini Africa Tram tour to see giraffes.

All ages welcome. Children two years and younger are free.
 

 

Safety Restrictions

Maximum of two children per adult; ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult.

ADULT

Ages 12+

$75*

CHILD

Ages 3–11

$75*

*Admission is separate and required. It may be added before checkout.

Times: Daily. Certain tours available select days only.

Duration: 2 hours

5 adventures to choose from. Featured adventures:

Junior Explorers

Veterinary Medical Center

 

 

 

 

Questions? Or prefer to book by phone? 619-718-3000