Explore the animals and gardens you will encounter on a visit to the Safari Park.
Animals & Gardens
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.