San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, with over 3,700 animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies in an area of 40 hectares one of the largest zoos in the world. It is operated by the Zoological Society of San Diego private and non-profit. With approximately 3.2 million visitors per year, it is the most visited zoo in the United States.
The zoo offers guided tours by bus, which can be visited 75 % of the zoo.
Furthermore, there is a Skyfari called gondola, which offers an overview of the area and also represents a way to quickly get from one end of the zoo to the other. Most animals live in a replica of their natural habitat. In these habitats will also grow plants typical for this habitat. The habitats range from the African rain forest to the tundra and the boreal forest. The San Diego Zoo also has one of the largest aviaries. The San Diego Zoo operates the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which offers even more space than the animals of the zoo.
The San Diego Zoo grew out of an exhibition of exotic animals, which in 1915 was abandoned after the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, was established on 2 October 1916.