If you are ever in San Diego, make a point of visiting the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park. Balboa Park has a lot to offer but the zoo is perhaps the finest place to be. But you should also know that there are 15 incredible museums in Balboa Park. The San Diego Zoo is home to over 3,700 animals representing over 650 species and subspecies. The zoo is managed by San Diego Zoo Global, its parent organization and privately moderated by Zoological Society of San Diego, a nonprofit organization. It’s housed on 100 acres of land and its animals are house in a cage-less open-air environment to recreate their natural habitats. There are so many areas that you can visit in the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park. During my visit to San Diego, California, I visited the following places in the zoo. Click here to learn more about San Diego.
The Tour Bus
The San Diego Zoo provides a guided tour bus on the property. The bus traverses about 75% of the land area. You can also use an overhead gondola lift to view the animals in the park. This overhead gondola is called the Skyfari and it provides an aerial view of the park. When you visit the zoo in the bus, you will notice that animals are grouped in the same way that they exist in the wild. The zoo tries to recreate the natural habitat as much as possible. You will find animals found in the tropics like gorillas and lions in the zoo. You will also get one of the largest aviaries featuring all kinds of free-flight birds in the zoo. All kinds of large mammals are housed in the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park. There are also all kinds of plants in the zoo. The favorable weather conditions in San Diego, California allow all kinds of plants to thrive in the zoo.
Visiting The Aviaries
The San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park has one of the largest bird aviaries in the world. You will find all kinds of birds in this zoo. I was quite impressed by the Owens Rain Forest Aviary and the Scripps Aviary. There are over 200 tropical birds in the Owens Aviary. These birds represent over 45 bird species and subspecies. Some of the most amazing birds in this aviary include woodpeckers, lories, and jacanas. You will find many colorful birds in the Scripps Aviary. I was quite impressed by the tinker birds and the sociable weavers in this zoo.
The Arctic Polar Bear Plunge
The Polar Bear plunge is home to over 30 arctic species. You will find the three polar bears in this zoo. You will also be able to see various other animals that live in the arctic, such as arctic foxes and raccoons. The most amazing thing about the Polar Bear Plunge is the underwater viewing space where you can see the huge polar bears swimming. There is also an arctic aviary in the zoo where you can see all kinds of arctic birds including pintails, redheads, and various types of arctic ducks.