San Diego Zoo
Some consider the San Diego Zoo to be the greatest zoo in the world. It’s certainly a competitor for the title, given that it stretches across 100 acres of land and features as many as 3,700 animals divided across an impressive number of 650 different species.
Whether you’re an animal lover or not, this zoo is sure to leave you stunned with at least some of its exhibits. This park was one of the first that featured open areas for the animals that were designed to resemble their natural habitats, and it stays true to this philosophy to this day.
A zoo and a safari park in one place
The park is split into different themes based on animals’ habitats, such as a rain forest or a tundra. You can either take one of the tour buses or choose to traverse on foot, and there’s even the option of using a gondola lift to explore the park. There’s also a safari park that’s styled to look like a natural habitat even more than the rest of the park.
Sadly, I haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit this park, but I definitely won’t miss it once my schedule clears. While it’s a foregone conclusion that I won’t get to check every single species during my time there, I’m sure I’ll be amazed by even a small fraction of them.