The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are outdoor destinations and remain open. We continue to monitor the ongoing changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are following the recommendations provided by our state and local health authorities.


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Behind-the-Scenes Safari

Behind-the-Scenes Safari

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As we face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, our team of dedicated specialists continue to care for countless animals and plants that depend on us each and every day.

Your continued support is critical to the wildlife in our care and vital to endangered species worldwide.


These 90-minute private Safaris are guaranteed to thrill and amaze! During your Safari, your guide will escort your group to a variety of locations around the Safari Park to see animals up close and share stories of wildlife care and conservation. No two Safaris are ever the same! This Safari includes special experiences at two different animal habitats, and can include areas not accessible to the public.

Your private guide will escort you around the Park in a deluxe cart that has been outfitted with special screens, to socially distance your family from the guide. This tour is perfect for a family outing—pricing is for the entire cart, up to six household members allowed. Admission is separate and required. 

Choose Your Behind-the-Scenes Safari — All Safaris are Private

Elephants and Friends

For all ages**
$522 and up*
Offered daily; 90 minutes

Go on safari behind the scenes at Elephant Valley! On this guided tour, you will learn about the amazing ways we care for our animals and how what we do here can help their wild counterparts. You will enjoy viewing Elephant Valley from a private viewing area while discovering what it takes to care for our one-of-a-kind African elephant herd.

*Price is per cart/up to 6 household members

A row of three female southern white rhinos seen from the front.

Rhinos and Friends

For all ages**
$522 and up*
Offered select dates; 90 minutes

Go behind the scenes at the Nikita Kahn Rhino Rescue Center—a 3.5-acre state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the conservation of white rhinos, with a focus on assisted reproductive techniques highlighting our fight to end extinction. In addition, you’ll journey around the Safari Park’s unique multispecies field enclosures. Up to 60 minutes of walking or standing is required.

 *Price is per cart/up to 6 household members.