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April 16, 2005
I wish we had either gone to SeaWorld again or to the Wild Animal Park instead. It was basically a waste of a day. I don't recommend going there at all; save your energy for something better!
From journal A Week In San Diego with The Kids
Saltspring Island, British Columbia
August 13, 2002
From journal Backpacking San Diego
August 2, 2006
I visited the San Diego Zoo in mid-August of 2005. My friends and I hopped in our rental car and we all were so excited—none of us had been before. Upon entering the grounds, an amusement park-like atmosphere was all around us. balloons, big signs, and friendly employees greeted us at the gate. We were all ready to enjoy the trip.
Living near a large zoo, I guess my expectations were high, but the sad-looking animals and overcrowded walkways made the experience nearly unbearable. My local zoo (the National Zoo in Washington DC) had many of the same animals, all available for view for a minimal parking fee.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still glad I went. The San Diego Zoo, however, did not stack up to my lofty expectations.
From journal SoCal Sojourn
Fort Myers , Florida
December 18, 2001
From journal Califas
Morgantown, West Virginia
May 22, 2003
Also, they get points off for the steepness of some of the walkways; in many spots I had difficulty going uphill in my wheelchair, and there were a few things I was not able to see at all.
I think my impression might have come off better if I had spent the extra $10 for the shuttle which gives a guided tour of the grounds.
From journal Southern California and Ensanada, Mexico
March 11, 2003
Although the zoo is huge and has many animals, many of them in perfectly reasonable environments, I was very disappointed to see lots of animals looking very bored and depressed behind small, unnatural enclosures.
Large birds are kept in relatively small and netted aviaries. You read about a bird that likes to sit on the highest branches of trees and fly at great heights and then see it here in an enclosure perhaps 20- or 30-feet high. It's very sad. Monkeys and apes are still kept in very small metal cages with no room to swing around. The tour guide on the tour bus you can catch states that they are upgrading their cages etc, but, considering how long the place has been going it seems to be taking a long time.
I realise it all boils down to money, but I was bitterly disappointed and came away from the zoo very sad indeed.
At the end of the day, I suppose a zoo is a zoo, but I had expected more from San Diego especially having been very impressed with my visit to the fantastic San Diego Wild Animal Park the day before.
From journal Paradise in San Diego
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 31, 2009
June 14, 2008
From journal First San Diego Visit
West Jordan, Utah
August 20, 2006
From journal San Diego, California
Ridgewood, New York
February 28, 2006
From journal Honeymoon, Part I - April 24 to 28, 2005