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Take a walk on the wild side at San Diego Zoo


A mother ape watches over her baby.


Exotic and endangered animals  find refuge at San Diego Zoo


With more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals, representing more than 800 species and subspecies, the San Diego Zoo needs to be on the itinerary of anyone visiting the area.


The world class zoo has the largest population of Giant Pandas outside Mainland China; the largest population of koalas outside Australia; and the largest number of the rare and endangered New Guinea Singing Dogs anywhere in the world.


In addition to its wide variety of mammals, the San Diego  Zoo features an arboretum with a rare plant collection, reptile exhibits and an extensive collection of birds.


San Diego Zoological Society, which operates the zoo, is dedicated to the reproduction, protection, and exhibition of animals, plants, and their habitats.


Admission is $34 for adults; $24 for children 3-11; children under 3 are free. Two-day packages and packages that bundle SeaWorld, San Diego Wild Animal Park and the zoo tickets are also available at discount prices. Since hours vary by season, it’s best to check the website at www.sandiegozoo.org. San Diego Zoo is located in Balboa Park, just 15 minutes from  the Mission Beach area.