San Diego Zoo Global is a conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide. San Diego Zoo Global operates three world-class facilities: the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Our conservation work takes place locally at these three campuses and reaches beyond to more than 100 conservation field projects in 35 countries. Our organization’s vision is to become a world leader at connecting people to wildlife and conservation, and our approach brings people and groups together from our three campuses and our many field sites to collaborate on solutions to some of the most daunting conservation challenges of our time.
San Diego Zoo
The roar of a lion from the Panama-California International Exposition in 1915 inspired Dr. Harry Wegeforth to start a zoo in San Diego. Now the 100-acre, world-class Zoo is home to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. Conservation research is conducted here that would be difficult or impossible to achieve in wild settings, for species such as the giant panda, Fiji island iguana, Galapagos tortoise, polar bear, Bornean sun bear, and brown kiwi.
The San Diego Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the American Association of Museums, and the Zoological Association of America.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Opened in 1972, the Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 400 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and over 1.5 million specimens. More than half of the Park’s 1,800 acres have been set aside as protected native species habitat. Like the Zoo, the Safari Park provides opportunities for conservation research efforts that could not take place in the wild, for species such as the African elephant, South African cheetah, southern and northern white rhino, and California condor.
The Safari Park is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the American Association of Museums, and the Zoological Association of America.
San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is the largest zoo-based multidisciplinary research effort in the world. Based at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Conservation Research adjacent to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, more than 200 dedicated scientists carry out research vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats, locally and internationally. The approach is to first identify the most significant problems for conservation and restoration of endangered species, and then to apply the most innovative and creative science possible to solving them.