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Sun Up Cheetah Safari

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Come join us at the Safari Park to see what happens before we open our gates to visitors, and witness the fastest animals on land and in the air—doing what they do best! Enjoy a unique and invigorating morning experience full of wonder and wildlife!

Take an early morning stroll through the Safari Park with your experienced guide, and enjoy the remarkable sights and sounds as a new day begins. Your guide will introduce you to the wildlife you meet as you journey from the Park entrance to Shiley’s Cheetah Run. Once you arrive, you'll have a rare opportunity to see an animal ambassador cheetah run at top speed! Next, you'll get the opportunity to view another animal that will speed by and share a message of conservation.

*Participants must have admission upon arrival at the Safari Park, as no ticket booths will be open at the start of the program.

Sun Up Cheetah Safari: Kenya Days

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    • All Ages
    • $119 & up per person
    • August 13, 14, or 15
    • 1 hour
    • Safety/Age Restrictions

      A separate admission ticket or membership is required for Park entry. Ticket booths will not be open at the time of check-in. 

      All ages welcome. There is a maximum of 3 children permitted under the age of 16 per adult in a party; proof of age for children may be required. 

    Join us to celebrate Kenya Days (August 13–15) by witnessing the fastest animals on land and in the air, doing what they do best—followed by a delicious breakfast with spectacular views of African wildlife. This special experience will highlight San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s work in northern Kenya, where we collaborate with conservation innovators to protect wildlife.

    Take an early morning stroll through the Safari Park to Shiley’s Cheetah Run, where you’ll have the rare opportunity to see a cheetah run at top speed! Next, you’ll get the opportunity to view one of our winged wildlife ambassadors speeding by. Our wildlife behavior specialists will share stories of the challenges facing these species and their habitats, and our work with our allies to protect them.

    Finally, head to the Watering Hole, for breakfast overlooking our expansive African savanna habitats, home to giraffes, rhinos, and more. A welcome drink is included (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available). Treat your taste buds while taking in the sights and sounds of African wildlife.


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    Behind-the-Scenes Safari

    These Safaris are guaranteed to thrill and amaze! Your guide will escort you to a variety of locations around the Park to see animals up close and share stories of wildlife care and conservation.  

    Your purchase helps rescue orphaned elephants


    Your purchase helps rescue orphaned elephants


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    Your purchase supports tiger conservation programs


    Your purchase supports tiger conservation programs
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