The Wild Animal Park is at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, California 92027-7017. For general information, call (760) 747-8702.

Directions from the NORTH (southbound): From Interstate 5 (Orange County, Los Angeles), take the State Route 78 East exit at Oceanside, proceed east to Interstate 15 South, exit at Via Rancho Parkway and follow the signs to the Park. From Interstate 15 (Riverside), exit at Via Rancho Parkway and follow the signs east to the Park.

Directions from the SOUTH (northbound): From State Route 163 (downtown San Diego, Mission Valley) proceed to Interstate 15 to the Via Rancho Parkway exit. Go east and follow signs to the Park. From Interstate 5 or 805 (Mexico), proceed to State Route 163, then to Interstate 15 North, and then exit at Via Rancho Parkway. Follow signs east.

Directions from the EAST (westbound): From Interstate 8 (Imperial County, Arizona) take Interstate 15 North to the Via Rancho Parkway exit. Follow the signs east to the Park.

Public Transportation
The Wild Animal Park is accessible by public transportation. For information please call (800) COMMUTE (800-266-6883) or visit .

Prices listed do not include special ticketed events/attractions. Parking is $6 per vehicle for members, $9 for nonmembers; $11 per RV for members, $14 for nonmembers.
Ticket Type Adult Child
Senior Discount
(60 and up)
Kids and Cubs Special: Purchase an adult Best Value admission ticket at the kid’s price, now through March 14.
$24 $24
BEST VALUE – BUY ONLINE!Good for admission, use of Journey into Africa tour, and Conservation Carousel. Excludes parking and special ticketed events/attractions.



Save 10% (not available online)
Includes two days of Best Value Wild Animal Park admission to be used within a five-day period.
$40 $30
Includes Best Value Wild Animal Park admission and Best Value San Diego Zoo admission. Unlimited admission to both parks for up to five consecutive days.
$60 $43
Best Value Wild Animal Park, Best Value San Diego Zoo, and SeaWorld San Diego for unlimited entry for 5 days from first use.
$109 $86
*ages 3 to 9
Best Value Wild Animal Park OR Best Value San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, Disneyland Resort Park Hopper, and Knott’s Berry Farm. Must visit all attractions within 14 days of first use.
$247 $199
*ages 3 to 9
More Options and Information
For groups of 15 or more: Call (619) 718-3000.
Military: Active duty military personnel with valid military ID card receive free admission. Spouses and dependents receive 10% discount on Best Value admission only; valid military ID required.
Wholesalers/Tour Operator: 50% discount (Advanced notice required—call (619) 718-3000.)
Travel Agent: 50% discount (Must show valid IATA, IATAN or CLEA card. Valid for card holder and one guest only.)
School groups : Call (760) 738-5057 or visit Teachers’ Lounge .
Zoological Society membership gives you unlimited free admission to both the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park, as well as a host of other benefits.
Best Value San Diego Zoo, Old Town Trolley city tour, one-or two-hour harbor tour on Hornblower Cruises, and much more.
$79 $45

Please be aware that we do not allow smoking on grounds at the Wild Animal Park.

Guests with disabilities: The Wild Animal Park welcomes guests with disabilities . A special information packet is available at all ticket windows. We have written scripts for tours and shows for the hearing impaired, and we provide a free admission to the assistant of the visually impaired. Wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Restrooms and other services are accessible. Kennel accommodations are available for service animals. Click here for further information about disabled access at the Wild Animal Park.

Rentals: Strollers, lockers, and motorized wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis near the entrance. Prices: strollers, $9; double strollers, $14; binoculars, $100 deposit plus rental fee of $7 to $15; wheelchairs, $10; electric scooters $35 (membership number or state identification card number is required).

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs): For your convenience, ATMs are located at the front entrance (just before the entrance turnstiles), in the Administation Building, outside Mombasa Island Market, and in the Heart of Africa near Okavango Outpost.

Park Rangers: First aid, public transportation information, lost and found, and check cashing (with identification) are located in the Administration Building.

Activities included with general admission

Discovery Station

This new kid-friendly area for children and adults is filled with musical instruments, puppets, books, craft activities, and wildlife “toys” and is designed to give children and their adult companions a playful space to learn. Educators facilitate learning and activities every day during Park operating hours. You can stop by for an impromptu animal presentation, or do a stone rubbing of your favorite animal track. The Station is located next to the Park’s Thorn Tree Terrace.

Savanna Cool Zone

Walk through palm trees offering a gentle mist to three slippery critters that spout water: a turtle, a lion, and a crocodilian. Located next to Lion Camp , the Savanna Cool Zone is a wild way to cool off!

Jameson Research Island

Stop by this island research outpost to see animals up close, hear real-life animal stories, and play with inventive water games. Located in Heart of Africa.

Fisher-Price Samburu Jungle Gym

Kids love to climb and explore in this safari-themed play area; parents love the shade-covered picnic area! Located below Benbough Amphitheater.

Keeper Talks

Meet our keepers and learn about the animals in their care. A schedule of Keeper Talks times and locations is included in your Park map insert.

Activities included with Best Value admission package (*may also be purchased separately)

Journey into Africa tour

Journey into Africa tour The Journey into Africa tour is an exciting expedition, with brightly colored tour vehicles, a new route, and our diverse animal collection creating a fresh, new adventure. The new ride path takes you into some of the field exhibits, giving you a chance to connect with the animals on a closer level. Hours of operation are 9:15 a.m.–4 p.m. daily, including all holidays, with extended hours during summer’s Park At Dark . *Journey into Africa is not included with general admission, only with the Best Value admission package. Separate tour price is $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 3 – 11.

Conservation Carousel

For kids and kids at heart, our colorful Conservation Carousel features 60 ride elements to choose from, many of which replicate rare and endangered animals. You can ride giraffes, rhinos, zebras, cheetahs, and more—which will be your favorite? *Conservation Carousel is not included with general admission, only with the Best Value admisison package. Separate carousel price is $2 per ride, or $4 to ride all day.

Other activities (not included with general admission or Best Value admission package)

Balloon Safari

Get a bird’s-eye view of the entire Wild Animal Park on this unique airborne ride, modeled after the hot air balloon tours of the Serengeti. Located just west of Lion Camp , this quiet, tethered helium-filled balloon can carry up to 30 people and rises up to 400 feet (121 meters), giving riders a panoramic view of lions, rhinos, giraffes, wildebeest, and gazelle, as well as the beautiful San Pasqual Valley. Tickets for the Balloon Safari are available for $20 (members pay $17) at either the main entrance or at the balloon site. Balloon Safari operates daily, and each launch lasts approximately 15 minutes.

Photo Caravan Safari Tours

Experience the safari of your life on one of our Photo Caravan Safari Tours . Safari trucks take you into the heart of our large field exhibits, where you get an up-close-and-personal look at the free-roaming animals of Africa and Asia. Don’t forget to bring your camera for some amazing photo opportunities. Also offered (during February and the summer) are Night Moves Caravan Tours for adults only and Family Caravan Tours (offered April–September) for families with children ages 6 and up. Call (619) 718-3000 for additional information, pricing, and reservations.

Cheetah Run Safari

Witness the world’s fastest land mammal do what it does best—run! Cheetah Run Safari takes you to beautiful, rustic Cheetah Outpost to meet some African animals up close. Then you’ll feel the wind whoosh by as the sleek cheetah bolts past, mere feet away, after a mechanical rabbit lure. Offered on Saturdays and Sundays only; call (619) 718-3000 for additional information, pricing, and reservations.

Savanna Safari

A premium version of the Journey into Africa tour, Savanna Safari is a 50-minute program that takes you to all the places on the Journey into Africa tour, as well as other areas not on the tour, such as Mountain Habitat. All you have to do is sit back in the comfort of an intimate safari cart and get ready to see incredible animals and their habitats. Tickets can be purchased at the Journey into Africa ticket booth on the day of the program. More…

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ZooWerks simulator ride: SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D

Riders join SpongeBob SquarePants™ as he desperately pursues a runaway pickle in his heartfelt desire to serve the perfect Krabby Patty. Get ready for a hilarious and zany adventure as SpongeBob chases a robotic double of Patrick through Bikini Bottom. The ZooWerks simulator ride can be found next to the Park’s Petting Kraal in Nairobi Village. Price for members is $5.50 for adults (12 and older) and $4.50 for children ages 3–11; nonmember price is $6 for adults (12 and older) and $5 for children ages 3–11. The ride is at the Park for a limited time. Prices and films subject to change.

Park special tours

Special Tours : Take your group of 11 or more people on a Special Tour . These guided tours offer various topics to suit your group’s interests. Call (619) 718-3000 for additional information, pricing, and reservations.

Critter Connection: A Park educator will escort your group to a private presentation area and introduce you to three exotic critters. This 45-minute presentation features natural history, conservation stories, and an up-close animal encounter that would be a great addition to your birthday party, family reunion, or other special event. It may also be added to a Special Tour or V.I.P. Tour . The program fee is $150 for a group of up to 36 people and does not include Park admisison. For more information and availability, please call (760) 738-5057.

V.I.P. Tours : Schedule your own private tour with an experienced guide to show you the Wild Animal Park, highlighting your personal interests. For groups of up to 10 people. Call (619) 718-3000 for additional information, pricing, and reservations.

Dining facilities at the Wild Animal Park

The Wild Animal Park is committed to providing a wide selection of high-quality, delicious all-American or international fare, snacks and healthy alternatives at the various food stands and carts throughout the Park, as well as at the following dining facilities:

Thorntree Terrace: Located in Nairobi Village , the Thorntree Terrace not only offers a selection of sandwiches, salads, and burgers to diners, but also daily entertainment from the nearby inhabitants of Spider Monkey Island. Breakfast is also served here until 10:30 a.m.

Mombasa Island Cooker: An outdoor dining facility covered with a thatched roof and located in a secluded area surrounded with exotic waterfowl. The Mombasa Island Cooker serves up Italian and Asian specialities, as well as salads and burgers.

Okavango Outpost: Select your meal from a choice of hot dogs, deli sandwiches, salads, and Kid’s Meals, then dine outdoors and enjoy the spectacular scenery in the Park’s Heart of Africa exhibit.

Samburu Terrace: This outdoor dining facility is located just below the popular Bird Show amphitheater . It offers burgers, hot dogs, fries, chicken sandwiches, barbecue ribs, tri-tip sandwiches, Kid’s Meals, salads, and “South of the Border” entrées.

Congo Kitchen: Located in Nairobi Village, across from the main gift shop , Congo Kitchen serves hot dogs, nachos, and Kid’s Meals.

Wild Animal Park gift shops feature an array of fascinating gifts from around the world, as well as the usual souvenirs, sundries, accessories, and treats. Merchandise carts are located throughout the Wild Animal Park , as well as at these featured shops:

Jambo Outfitters (inside at Park entrance/exit): Everything you need to start your day! Hats, T-shirts, sundries, souvenirs, film, and digital products are available at this entry/exit shop. Binoculars, strollers, wheelchairs and motorized wheelchairs (scooters) are available for rent.

Wild Adventure Photos (at exit): Take home a wild safari photo—these make great gifts! (Hours as business dictates.)

The Bazaar (next to Thorntree Terrace): Books and toys and T-shirts—oh, my! Also discover a variety of ethnic crafts, stationery, film, and digital products.

Plant Trader (next to Conservation Carousel ): Garden accessories and home décor. Choose from exotic or easy-to-grow plants for your home or yard.

Alex graduated from Masvingo College of Art in 1979 with a distinction in welding and sculpting. He moved to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and began working for Sondela Exports. His skills as a carver were recognized and he was promoted to chief carver, a position that allowed many new opportunities. Alex also trained many new and upcoming artists to be their best while employed there. In 1990, he moved back to his home and began carving on his own from wood and stone. His work became so sought after that people were requesting pieces months in advance! Alex’s career has sky rocketed from those beginning years. His studio in Zimbabwe is now home to the most highly talented artists.

Alex and his family presently live in the eastern United States, but with the lure of sunny skies and the wonderful people he has met since being here, I won’t be surprised if he calls Southern California home! Alex will be with us until September 3. Don’t miss him. He is wonderful to speak with as well as to see in action. See ya there!

Deb Erickson-Morris works in the Plant Trader gift shop at the Wild Animal Park.

Mombasa Island Market (near Lorikeet Landing and Hidden Jungle ): Hats, T-shirts, souvenirs, toys, film, digital products, and treasures from exotic places.

Quick Tag (near Mombasa Island Market): Create a personalized luggage tag.

Wild Toy Chest (across from Congo Kitchen): A great selection of toys, T-shirts, hats, and souvenirs for the whole family.

Kids Kraal (near Petting Kraal): Stuff your own collectible animal, find your name on a custom mug, or drop a coin into one of our candy machines.

Rainbow Landing Photo (at Lorikeet Landing exit): Purchase a memento of your rainbow lorikeet feeding experience!

Okavango Outpost (in Heart of Africa ): African crafts, T-shirts, sundries, hats, film, and digital products.