In 1916 San Diego hosted an exhibition to celebrate the opening of the
Panama Canal. A physician by the name of Dr. Harry Wegeforth heard the
roar of a group of lions at the exhibition.  He then embarked on establishing
a zoo in San Diego beginning with the collection of animals from that
exhibition.  In 1922 he acquired 100 acres at the present zoo site and over
time it developed into the famous zoo that it is today. The San Diego Zoo
has 850 animals and 6500 varieties of plants.

A more complete history of the zoo can be found at:
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/78summer/zoo.htm or
http://www.sandiegozoo.org/kids/readaboutit_zoo_history.html

The zoo can be reached easily from the I-163 freeway by exiting the Park
Blvd/I-5 exit.  Stay in the left most lane.  This will take you to a Park Blvd
which circles not only the zoo but also Balboa park.
(See map listings below)
 The entrance to the zoo and Balboa park will be on the right hand side.
Street parking and on-site parking lots are available for parking for free.

CLICK THE LINK BUTTONS TO THE LEFT TO GO BACK OR PRESS THE
BACK BROWSER BUTTON.
ADMISSION:

Adult: (13+) $22.00
Child: $14.50

With Tram/Train ride:

Adult: (13+) $32.00
Child: $19.75

Hours:
9AM to 5PM
in May 2007
CLICK MAP ON
RIGHT FOR
MORE DETAILED
LOCATION OF
ZOO AND
BALBOA PARK