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San Diego Wild Animal Park, {CATEGORY}

Thirty-four miles north of San Diego, outside of Escondido, this "zoo of the future" will transport you to the African plains and other faraway landscapes. Originally a breeding facility for the San Diego Zoo, the 1,800-acre Wild Animal Park now holds 3,500 animals representing some 430 different species. What makes the park unique is that many of the animals roam freely in vast enclosures, allowing giraffes to interact with antelopes, much as they would in Africa. You'll find the largest crash of rhinos at any zoological facility in the world, an exhibit for the endangered California condor, and a mature landscape of exotic vegetation from many corners of the globe. Although the San Diego Zoo may be "world famous", it's the Wild Animal Park that many visitors celebrate as their favorite. The park's "Journey into Africa" tour aboard the African Express replaces the old monorail ride as the easiest way to see critters. The African Express is an open-air, soft-wheeled tram that runs on biodiesel. Although it visits less park space than the previous tour, the 2 1/2-mile circuit (which takes about 30 min). brings guests much nearer to the animals, in some places up to 300 feet closer. Depending on crowd size, trams leave about every 10 minutes. Lines build up by late morning, so make this your first or last attraction of the day (the animals are more active then, anyway). There are also several self-guided walking tours that visit various habitats, including Elephant Overlook and Lion Camp, but why walk when you can tool around the park on Segway personal transporters ($75, minimum age 13)? The commercial hub of the park is Nairobi Village, but even here animal exhibits are interesting - check out the nursery area, where irresistible young'uns can be seen frolicking, bottle-feeding, and sleeping, a petting station, the lowland gorillas, and the African Aviary. There are amphitheaters for shows scheduled two or three times daily. Visitors should be prepared for sunny, often downright hot weather, it's not unusual for temperatures to be 5° to 10°F warmer here than in San Diego. If you want to get up-close-and-personal with the animals, take one of the park's Photo Caravans, which shuttle groups in flatbed trucks out into the open areas that are inaccessible to the general public. There are a variety of itineraries (some are seasonal and have varying age requirements), prices start at $69 for the 1-hour caravan (you'll need to make reservations ahead of your visit, tel. 619/718-3000). The Savanna Safari is a deluxe, 50-minute tour for up to 10 people, it visits the same places as the "Journey into Africa", but also includes places not on the regular tour, tickets are $35 (not including admission), and no reservations are necessary. The Cheetah Run Safari allows a limited number of guests to watch the world's fastest land mammal in action, sprinting after a mechanical lure (reservations required, tel. 619/718-3000). Cost is $69 per person, excluding park admission. You can also get unique aerial perspectives of the park from the Balloon Safari, a tethered hot-air balloon that soars to 400 feet, and Flightline, a zip-line ride that scoots above the African and Asian enclosures. Things That Go Bump in the Night - The Wild Animal Park's Roar & Snore sleepover programs, which are held year-round on most Fridays and Saturdays - except in December and January, and with extended dates in summer - let you camp out next to the animal compound and observe the nocturnal movements of rhinos, lions, and other creatures. There are family and adults-only dates available. To request information by mail or to make reservations, call tel. 800/407-9534 or 619/718-3000.

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Address: 955 Escondido Fwy, San Diego, CA 92105

City: San Diego

State: California (CA)

Country: United States

Phone 1: +1 619 718 3000

Official site: www.wildanimalpark.org

Opening hours: Daily 9am-4pm

Entrance fee: Admission $29 adults, $19 children 3-11, free for children 2 and under and active-duty military (U.S. and foreign), Best Value package (includes Journey into Africa tour) $35 adults, $26 children 3-11, free for children 11 and under in Oct

Credit Card Payment: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Access by bus: Bus 386

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San Diego Wild Animal Park, {CATEGORY}

Thirty-four miles north of San Diego, outside of Escondido, this "zoo of the future" will transport you to the African plains and other faraway landscapes. Originally a breeding facility for the San Diego Zoo, the 1,800-acre Wild Animal Park now holds 3,500 animals representing some 430 different species. What makes the park unique is that many of the animals roam freely in vast enclosures, allowing giraffes to interact with antelopes, much as they would in Africa. You'll find the largest crash of rhinos at any zoological facility in the world, an exhibit for the endangered California condor, and a mature landscape of exotic vegetation from many corners of the globe. Although the San Diego Zoo may be "world famous", it's the Wild Animal Park that many visitors celebrate as their favorite. The park's "Journey into Africa" tour aboard the African Express replaces the old monorail ride as the easiest way to see critters. The African Express is an open-air, soft-wheeled tram that runs on biodiesel. Although it visits less park space than the previous tour, the 2 1/2-mile circuit (which takes about 30 min). brings guests much nearer to the animals, in some places up to 300 feet closer. Depending on crowd size, trams leave about every 10 minutes. Lines build up by late morning, so make this your first or last attraction of the day (the animals are more active then, anyway). There are also several self-guided walking tours that visit various habitats, including Elephant Overlook and Lion Camp, but why walk when you can tool around the park on Segway personal transporters ($75, minimum age 13)? The commercial hub of the park is Nairobi Village, but even here animal exhibits are interesting - check out the nursery area, where irresistible young'uns can be seen frolicking, bottle-feeding, and sleeping, a petting station, the lowland gorillas, and the African Aviary. There are amphitheaters for shows scheduled two or three times daily. Visitors should be prepared for sunny, often downright hot weather, it's not unusual for temperatures to be 5° to 10°F warmer here than in San Diego. If you want to get up-close-and-personal with the animals, take one of the park's Photo Caravans, which shuttle groups in flatbed trucks out into the open areas that are inaccessible to the general public. There are a variety of itineraries (some are seasonal and have varying age requirements), prices start at $69 for the 1-hour caravan (you'll need to make reservations ahead of your visit, tel. 619/718-3000). The Savanna Safari is a deluxe, 50-minute tour for up to 10 people, it visits the same places as the "Journey into Africa", but also includes places not on the regular tour, tickets are $35 (not including admission), and no reservations are necessary. The Cheetah Run Safari allows a limited number of guests to watch the world's fastest land mammal in action, sprinting after a mechanical lure (reservations required, tel. 619/718-3000). Cost is $69 per person, excluding park admission. You can also get unique aerial perspectives of the park from the Balloon Safari, a tethered hot-air balloon that soars to 400 feet, and Flightline, a zip-line ride that scoots above the African and Asian enclosures. Things That Go Bump in the Night - The Wild Animal Park's Roar & Snore sleepover programs, which are held year-round on most Fridays and Saturdays - except in December and January, and with extended dates in summer - let you camp out next to the animal compound and observe the nocturnal movements of rhinos, lions, and other creatures. There are family and adults-only dates available. To request information by mail or to make reservations, call tel. 800/407-9534 or 619/718-3000.

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