San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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United States of America - California - Escondido

Institution Code: SDAP

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Our horticulturists, arborists, IPM and Irrigation teams have established themselves as among the best in the world at creating outstanding naturalistic habitats for exotic animals. Our staff often acts as a resource for other zoos, botanical gardens, and universities, and aids the scientists who come to our grounds to do research with rare and endangered plants. The Park also acts as a ‘rescue center’ for rare and endangered plants. Our horticulture staff firmly believes that the lush and varied gardens they care for are not only critical for keeping our animals healthy and content, but are also crucial in helping to educate the public about biodiversity and the importance of habitat preservation. When visitors experience the beauty and uniqueness of one of our Australian, Asian or African, habitats and the animals that live in them, for example, they're more likely to take an interest in how such habitats can be saved in the wild.

Main Address:
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
California 92027-9614 United States of America

Telephone: 760-738-5054
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Lisa Peterson
    Curator's Name: Raj Brown
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Linda Post
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 32
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 4

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Zoological Institution
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
  • Date founded: 1972
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 385 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 385 Hectares
  • Total Area: 770 Hectares
    Latitude: 33.0950830
    Longitude: -117.0023560
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Local Address: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
  • Locality: City: Escondido
  • Locality: State: California

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 1100000

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 1000000
  • Special Collections:Aloes, African succulents, Baja natives, California natives, world conifers, Epiphyllum, bonsai, cycads, Ficus, Acacia, and Vachellia.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes