Known for its large, naturalistic enclosures, the 100 acre San Diego Zoo is home to a diverse collection of more than 4,000 animals, representing 800 species - many of which are rarely seen at other zoos.
The Zoo's unique habitats include Absolutely Apes, the Giant Panda Research Station, Reptile Mesa, and Tiger River.
The San Diego Zoo is one of very few facilities in the United States to house giant pandas, with the newest addition, Su Lin, being born in August 2005. Rare and obscure animals can be found throughout the facility immersed in lush, tropical settings such as Tiger River, Gorilla Tropics, and Ituri Forest. More familiar zoo faces like polar bears, camels, tigers, pygmy chimpanzees, elephants, and more can be found too.
Joan B. Kroc's Monkey Trails and Forest Tales habitat is the newest exhibit at the Zoo. This massive monkey-filled forest is the largest, most elaborate and expensive animal habitat ever created in the Zoo's 90-year history. From colorful primates to elusive leopards and rare pygmy hippos, this exhibit mimics a forest eco-system.