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San Francisco Zoo

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San Francisco Zoo

Giraffes in the "African Savanna"

The San Francisco Zoo is a popular attraction within the Bay Area. Explore the gardens and the thousands of different species: giraffes, gray wolves, grizzly bears, penguins, gorillas, lemurs… Covering 100 acres of land, the Zoo offers visitors the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful animalsand fascinating creatures on the planet up close.

A good time to visit the zoo is early on weekdays not only because you avoid the queues but also because the animals are more active early in the morning and most of the feeding sessions happen between 10 am and 2 pm. It is a good size to walk through in 2- 3 hours.

Every day at 10.30 am, zookeepers serve breakfast to the Zoo’s two grizzly bears, Kachina and Kiona. These impressive animals are sisters who were orphaned in the wild and given a second chance at the San Francisco Zoo. 

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Visit more than 2,000 exotic, endangered, and rescued animals set over 100 acres of majestic and peaceful gardens located directly on the Pacific Coast. Watch talks and feedings throughout the day as you find adventure around every corner.

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What is the San Francisco Zoo?

It is one of the main attractions in San Francisco and one of the most spectacular zoos in the world. The zoo is home to exotic animals of 250 different species.

Why are there no elephants at the San Francisco’s Zoo?

There are no elephants in this zoo as the structure is too small for the standards required to house elephants.

How old is the  San Francisco Zoo?

It was established in 1929 and was built in the 1930s ans 1940s as part of a depression-era works progress administration project.

Are there only animals in the zoo?

In the zoo there are not only animals. For the entertainment of children there is a steam train, a carousel and a themed play area. The Fisher Family Children’s Zoo is a miniature zoo  designed for the little ones, where children can have fun and stroke ponies and goats, Children 14 years and younger must be accompanied by adult while on zoo grounds.

General informations

Useful information for your visit to the San Francisco Zoo.


It is located where San Franciosco’s Sunset District meets the wide open Pacif Ocean. It is between Lake Merced and the Pacific Ocean along the Great Highway. The address is: Sloat Blvd and Great Hwy San Francisco

Opening hours

To visit the San Francisco Zoo the times are as follows:

  • The zoo is open 365 days a year
  • 10 am – 5 pm in the spring/summer
  • 10 am – 4 pm in the autumn/winter
  • Last entry an hour before closing time.

How to get to the San Francisco Zoo

To reach the San Francisco Zoo:

Buses : 18, 23

Nearby attractions 

  • Golden Gate Park
  • Ocean Beach

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