S.F. Bay Area — California
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San Francisco Zoo
Fun Annual Events at the Zoo
San Francisco Zoo —
California's Largest Zoological Park and Conservation Center
San Francisco Zoo is a fun destination for kids and adults alike!
African Savanna —
Get Close to the Animals
Find yourself in the center of the spacious African Savanna exhibit,
surrounded by Giraffes, Zebras, Antelope, Ostrich and other
African wildlife. This dramatic three-acre, mixed-species habitat allows
you to get close to the animals as they interact and roam about the open-landscaped
Giraffes & Baby Giraffes
The baby giraffes are so cute, especially during feeding time when they
join the adults and come inside the Giraffe Lodge to eat — they're
fed acacia branches, alfalfa, giraffe chow and vegetables. It's worth
a trip to the zoo just to see these magnificent animals.
San Francisco Zoo has been home to a colony of Magellanic Penguins since
1984 — it is the largest colony in North America. Penguin Island,
located across from the Lion House, is one of the zoo's most popular
Tigers & Tiger Triplets
See Siberian and Sumatran Tigers in their natural habitat. Check out
the cute little Tiger triplets, born on March 6, 2008.
For bird-lovers, the zoo also features many African bird species, including
the Crowned Crane, Ostrich, Stork, Hornbill, and Ibis.
Meerkats, Kangaroos & Kualas
See playful Meerkats, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wallaroos, Emus, Kuala Bears...
Fun Annual Events at the Zoo
Valentine’s Day —
"Woo at the Zoo"
This dynamic, multimedia event explores sexual and mating behaviors of
animals — enjoy up-close encounters with animals and learn about
the month-long "foreplay" of a rhinoceros and giraffe "necking." Romantic
refreshments include champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, great
food... and a delicious surprise!
Advance purchases and reservations are required, as this fun event sells
out each year.
NOTE: Adults 21 and over only.
Ticket price includes the Tour, Refreshments, Parking
and Zoo admission.
Annual "Boo at the Zoo"
Bring your "costumed" kids to the Annual Boo
at the Zoo — watch
as the animals enjoy their special pumpkin treats during the
" Pumpkin Stomp and Chomp." Encounter live animals on the Haunted Nature
Trail, visit the Creepy, Crawley Critters in the Insect Zoo, and enjoy interactive
games and Halloween Trick-or-Treating. Events take place rain or shine and are
free with paid Zoo admission.
NOTE: The Zoo requests that Trick-or-Treaters
not wear rubber masks as they may frighten the animals.
Reindeer Romp & Holiday
(end Nov-late Jan)
Join in the
fun on the Zoo's covered Holiday Ice Rink and meet Santa's Reindeer.
10am-5pm. Closed Christmas Day.
Host Fun Event Locations
Make your next event a memorable one. The San Francisco Zoo
is a unique and fun venue for Corporate Events Welcoming Receptions,
Company Picnics, Holiday Parties, Awards Banquets and Fun Team-Building
Venues (and capacities) include:
The Great Hall - 50-300 people
Two Meeting Rooms - 40-70 ppl
The Leaping Lemur Café -
Lemur Private Dining Room - 40-60 ppl
Lemur Forest Deck - 80-100 ppl
The Carousel Building - 60-150
The Lorikeet Meadow Tent - 300-500 ppl
The Playfield Lawn - 2,000-3,000
Patas Lawn - 150-200 ppl
Nyala Picnic Area - 60-80 ppl
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Gorillas — The Great Ape
This is a FUN place to hang out and gorilla-watch — and have them
watch you back! The Great Ape Forest, located next to Gorilla World and African
Savanna, is the lush, new home for Apes (Chimpanzee, Orangutan and
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Pics of sisters Kiona and Kachina
Grizzly Gulch — The Largest Grizzly Bear Exhibit in a U.S. Zoo
Don't miss seeing sister cubs, Kachina and Kiona. These
cute Grizzly Bears put on quite a show for zoo visitors — photo
above shows them "playing" together.
Their new Hearst Grizzly Gulch home at San Francisco
Zoo — a deluxe 1-acre habitat — opened in June 2007.
It is the largest grizzly exhibit in a U.S. zoo. The exhibit includes
a 20,000-gallon pool, heated rocks, a mountain waterfall, sunny meadow,
a climbing area and a herb garden.
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Check out the African Lions as they roam around their outdoor enclave — they
have access to the outdoors 24 hours a day.
The Lion House
(Lions & Tigers)
Big Cat Feeding is temporarily closed
The Big Cat Feeding — one of San Francisco Zoo's biggest and most
popular attractions — is believed to be the only remaining
scheduled public feeding of big cats (lions and tigers) in North America.
Feedings take place inside The Lion House every day (except Mondays)
Note: The building was closed to the public (a
keeper was mauled by a Siberian Tiger) on December 22, 2006. It reopened
on September 7, 2007. Just over a year later, it closed again after
that same Siberian Tiger escaped its enclosure and fatally mauled
a zoo visitor on Christmas Day (December 25, 2008).
SF Zoo Hours
Open daily 10am-5pm, including Thanksgiving and Xmas Day.
NOTE: The first Wednesday of the month is FREE only for
San Francisco residents. Regular admission applies to non-residents.
Get up-close and interact with the animals — it's a fun learning
experience for children and adults alike.
Open daily 11am-4pm.
Extended weekend and special summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day) hours
San Francisco Zoo is located on the Great Highway,
between Skyline and Sloat Boulevard (near Ocean Beach).
1 Zoo Road
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