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Animals & Gardens

Explore the animals and gardens you will encounter on a visit to the Safari Park.

ANIMALS

ABDIM'S STORK

Called the grasshopper bird in parts of Africa, the Abdim's stork feasts on swarms of the insects.

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African Rhinos

Black rhinos and white rhinos are the same color—a brownish gray—and both live in eastern and southern Africa.

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ANTELOPE

All antelope species have horns. In some species they are only found on the males; in others, both males and females have them.

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ARABIAN ORYX

Once extinct in the wild, many Arabian oryx have been reintroduced in Oman and Jordan.

GARDENS

BAJA GARDEN AND OLD WORLD SUCCULENT GARDEN

Succulent. The word conjures up images of things delectable and desirable, and that's what you'll find in the oases of extraordinary plants at the Safari Park called the Old World Succulent Garden and the Baja Garden.

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BALD EAGLE

Bald eagles live near bodies of water to be close to their favorite food—fish!

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BIGHORN SHEEP

Bighorn sheep have amazing climbing talent, spectacular horns, and can live in some of the world's steepest, most forbidding habitats.

GARDENS

BONSAI PAVILION

Discover a world of tiny trees! The Safari Park's Bonsai Pavilion is a striking showcase for this extraordinary living art.

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BURROWING OWL

Instead of making their nest in the hollow of a tree, as most owls do, burrowing owls make their home in abandoned prairie dog burrows or rattlesnake dens.

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BUTTERFLY

During their lives, butterflies transform from caterpillar to pupa to fluttering adult. Their remarkable eyes have thousands of lenses, and see flowers in ultraviolet light.

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CALIFORNIA CONDOR

North American tribes respect the California condor and see it as a symbol of power. In legends, they call it the "thunderbird," bringing thunder to the skies with the beating of its huge wings.

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CAMEL

Camels can travel as fast as horses, but can also endure legendary periods without food or water.

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CHEETAH

Long and lanky, cheetahs are the sprinters of the cat world. Their body is designed to run fast for short distances, allowing them to catch prey that other big cats can’t get.

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COATI

A coati going about its business brings new meaning to the phrase “living in the moment.” Wildlife care specialists at the Safari Park make the most of this trait, indulging the curious creatures by hiding bits of food all around.

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CROWNED CRANE

The majestic-looking crowned crane is a tall bird with a “crown” of tall, stiff, golden feathers. Its long legs and neck, and excellent peripheral vision help it spot predators in the tall grasses of the savanna.

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DIK DIK

Dik diks are small African antelope that weigh only 6 to 13 pounds as adults. Their name is believed to be inspired by the sound they make when alarmed.

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DUIKER

Duikers are shy and elusive creatures. Their name comes from the Afrikaans/Dutch word for diver or diving buck, referring to the duikers' practice of diving into tangles of shrubbery.

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EGYPTIAN VULTURE

Only a few animal species use tools, and the Egyptian vulture is one of them. It selects just the right-size rock to drop on an ostrich egg, to crack it open—then, this clever bird slurps up the goodies!

ANIMALS

ELEPHANT

You can travel to Africa, of course, but the easiest way to observe African elephants is at the Safari Park! We have two large habitat areas for our African elephant herd.

GARDENS

EPIPHYLLUM TRAIL

The Safari Park's Epiphyllum Trail, located between Walkabout Australia and Condor Ridge, includes more than 600 of these surprising plants and their spectacular, eye-catching spring blooms.

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FLAMINGO

Social birds, flamingos live in groups of varying sizes, from a few pairs to sometimes thousands, or tens of thousands. The Safari Park is home to the largest population of greater flamingos in North America—and three of the six flamingo species are represented here.

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GIRAFFE

Giraffes are the tallest land animals, able to nibble the highest leaves in Africa's acacia trees!

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GORILLA

Gorillas are largest of all primates, animals that include monkeys, lemurs, orangutans, chimpanzees, and humans.

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GREATER ONE-HORNED RHINO

Many people describe greater one-horned rhinos as "armor-plated," but they are actually covered with a layer of skin that has many folds.

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HAMERKOP

Found in the woodlands and wetlands of Africa, the hamerkop is a wading bird famous for its enormous, domed nest. 

GARDENS

HERB GARDEN

The Herb Garden is designed and tended by dedicated volunteers—and whether you are an herbal novice or steeped in the lore of herbs, it's a fragrant habitat worth exploring.

ANIMALS

HERON

Herons use their long, straight bill as a harpoon to catch fish and other small prey that come within striking distance.

GARDENS

HIDDEN JUNGLE

A tropical rain forest is teeming with wildlife that is beautiful, yet often hard to see. But Hidden Jungle’s climate-controlled environment provides excellent views of delicate and fascinating tropical birds and plants.

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HORNBILL

You can pick out a hornbill from other birds by the casque above its bill. This hollow or spongy structure is made of keratin, like our fingernails.

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KANGAROOS AND WALLABIES

Kangaroos and wallabies are both macropods—marsupials that carry their young in a pouch, have large hind legs that are ideal for hopping along at impressive speeds through Australia's savannas or forests, and a long, thick tail that can act as a third leg to help them balance.

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LION

In a 24-hour period, lions have short bursts of intense activity followed by long bouts of lying around that can total up to 21 hours!

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LORIKEET

Instead of eating nuts and seeds like other parrots, lorikeets dine on flowers, pollen, and nectar.

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MAGPIE GOOSE

Black and white coloration gives this bird its "magpie" name, but its long bill, long neck and long legs make it hard to mistake for anything other than a goose.

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MATSCHIE'S TREE KANGAROO

Instead of hopping on the ground, Matschie's tree kangaroos climb high in the trees, where they feed on leaves.

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MEERKAT

Balancing on its hind legs, a meerkat sentry doesn't miss much. If it spots trouble, this lookout alerts the others in its group, and they all dash to safety in their burrows.

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MUNTJAC DEER

The oldest and most primitive of antlered deer, the short, stocky muntjac has tiny antlers that can regrow if damaged, and small, dagger-shaped tusks.

GARDENS

NATIVESCAPES GARDEN

The Safari Park's Nativescapes Garden is home to more than 1,500 individual plants representing 500 species, all of which historically call Southern California home.

ANIMALS

NILE LECHWE

The Nile lechwe's long, slender hooves are ideal for moving through water and mud—but on dry land, this antelope sometimes looks a bit clumsy.

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OKAPI

Okapis are hard to find in the wild—the dense rainforest in central Africa. Scientists didn’t know of the animal's existence until 1900.

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OSTRICH

The ostrich is the world's largest and heaviest living bird. It is a flightless bird that can never take to the skies.

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PELICAN

Pelicans are among the only birds with an enormous, naked-skin pouch under their bill, which they use to catch fish.

 

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PHEASANT

Argus pheasants are the size of peafowl and live in the montane forests of Southeast Asia. They have powerful legs and strong flight muscles to move their heavy body, and eyes on the side of their head to help detect predators.

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PINK PIGEON

Endangered pink pigeons, native to the island of Mauritius, are victims of habitat destruction. In 1994, only 77 of them remained in their native habitats.

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PLATYPUS

The platypus looks like no other mammal. And even more unusual, this mammal lays eggs.

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PRZEWALSKI'S HORSE

The Przewalski's horse is the closest living relative of the domestic horse—and it is the only true wild horse left on Earth.

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RED RIVER HOG

Colorful red river hogs are active both day and night—and they are good swimmers, holding their tail above the water. They can even swim underwater, catching a breath every 15 seconds or so.

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RODRIGUES FRUIT BAT

In our cozy Bat House in Nairobi Village, a camp of Rodrigues fruit bats observes guests from an upside-down perspective! These cute little creatures weigh about one pound.

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RUPPELL'S VULTURE

The Ruppell’s vulture is the world's highest-flying bird, capable of flying at altitudes up to 35,433 feet (10,800 meters).

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