San Diego Zoo

Approval Rate: 78%

78%Approval ratio

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    Thu Aug 27 2009

    With a price of $40/person (last time I was there) this was a huge rip off. Somehow their promotion department has created an image of the zoo being a great place to see animals in close to 'natural habitats'. No way! The facilities for both the animals and visitors are sub par and the venue seems to be designed around selling food and souvenirs. I dislike the concept of zoos to begin with and this place should be closed.

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    Tue Aug 11 2009

    This is the biggest zoo I have ever seen. We were walking for more than 7 hours and we got to see every animal in there. There is nothing that called my attention much, probably the big cat trial was the best part of the Zoo. We walked it later afternoon so we saw the Panther, the Mountain Lion and some other big felines when they were waking up. Other than that, probably the reptiles and the big Galapagos were ok. The facility is huge and well maintained. Parking wasn't difficult once we found our there is a big extra parking lot on the side of the zoo main entrance.

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    Fri Feb 20 2009

    I was disappointed with the San Diego Zoo. Although they have terrific marketing, the zoo itself is nowhere near the best in the United States, or even the best in California. To begin with, admission to the zoo is overpriced. Entry for two adults costs over $60. That's a lot of money for entry to a zoo. We paid it, and were expecting a lot. For the most part, the animal exhibits are large and reasonably well designed. The apes are given large enclosures with huge glass walls and you can really see them run around, which is a treat. The giant panda exhibit is nice but not as good as the one at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. There are a lot of hills in the zoo and the flow for people visiting is not well designed. A lot of times you find yourself walking up and down along the same hill, past the same enclosures you've already seen. It would be nice if more of the canyon paths connected so that you could walk through the zoo without walking past the same stuff. The child... Read more

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    Wed Jul 25 2007

    It's definitely the most awesome zoo I've been to!

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    Mon Apr 23 2007

    The San Diego Zoo is the best in the world. The animals, terrain and and lay out of the zoo are wonderful. The zoo's conservation efforts are world renowned. For those who love zoos and all that they have to offer, this zoo should be on your "To Do"list!

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    Wed Feb 01 2006

    More hype than what I saw. I would love to go behind the exhibits that were "closed" but couldn't. What I was able to see put it on parr with a good zoo but certainly not the great zoo that I was expecting. The things that they were doing in the closed area maybe is what makes San Diego great and is something my children will appreciate it. I put it at OK.

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    Tue Nov 01 2005

    Being a native San Diegan myself, I do admit to being biased about this zoo. It's awesome and it's a great way to be educated on conservation and wildlife. Like one poster said, it is the king of all zoos.

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    Sun Jul 24 2005

    among the most rotten places on earth

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    Sat Apr 30 2005

    I was expecting the ultimate zoo experience so I was a bit disappointed. It is above average as far as zoos go but I wouldn't say its the best in the country.

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    Sat Feb 19 2005

    Not nearly as nice as the Cincinnati Zoo.

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    Thu Dec 02 2004

    I was really looking forward to this but I was disappointed. It was great to see the Pandas but most of the other exhibits had very few animals in them and it was not like they were all nocturnal. If you are going to this zoo be well rested because like most of San Diego it sits in gulleys. I also got a great discount with my AAA card. Get the package with the bus access, you are going to need it.

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    Wed Sep 08 2004

    The World Famous San Diego Zoo is truly the King of Zoos. Every species of animal you would ever care to see is featured there. Their gorilla exhibit is superlative. And though you get rushed through the panda exhibit, where else would you even get to see a panda. Other personal favorites are the hippos and the children's zoo area. However, there is just a bit too much zoo for a family of 4 to handle. You will be exhausted (it's hilly) if you try to do the entire zoo in a day. There is also an overabundance of bird and reptile exhibits that, while many species are majestic, you start to say, see one snake you seen them all. The zoo has gotten much more commercialized than my last visit there in 1997. It seems they have replaced beasts with bistros. In the final analysis, something to the magnitude of the Philadelphia Zoo is more palatable.

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    Fri May 21 2004

    The zoo provides a stour that really gives you an overview of this extrodinary collection of animals including manythat are rarely seen elsewere. The habitats look natural and the parks vegitation adds to an evnironment of extrodinary beauty. Michael Grossman, Berkeley, CA

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    Mon Aug 25 2003

    Highly overated. There are far too many birds at this zoo, and that panda bear sucks ass, she'd make a better lunch for the guests.

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    Mon Aug 18 2003

    Expensive and pretty overrated; with all the hype I genuinely expected more. This zoo certainly has a good - if somewhat deceptive - PR machine going for it, with numerous shows relating to it on the Discovery Channel especially. However, it seems to be always crowded, you cannot get very close to most of the animals and it's petting zoo is small and pathetically inadequate. The pandas are cute and all but are they really worth waiting in line 45 minutes just to see? If you have kids in particular, I reccomend a smaller, more traditional, less glitzy-style zoo - you'll save yourself a ton of money and likely have a better, more hassle-free experience.