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Educator Package: Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization, direct experiential opportunities to help better connect the experience with your students and complimentary chaperone ticket. Does not include student ticket.


Student Package: Includes engaging pre and post educational visit activities, trip organization and student ticket.



About the San Francisco Zoo

The San Francisco Zoo, located on the western edge of San Francisco, offers a diverse and educational experience for visitors of all ages. Home to over 2,000 animals representing more than 250 species, the zoo is dedicated to providing a sanctuary for animals, engaging the public in conservation efforts, and offering an immersive learning environment.

Historical Overview

  • Foundation: The San Francisco Zoo was founded in 1929 and has since become one of the leading zoological institutions on the West Coast. The zoo is known for its dedication to animal care, conservation, and education.
  • Purpose: The zoo aims to connect people with wildlife, inspire conservation of the natural world, and provide a world-class experience for visitors through innovative exhibits and educational programs.

Key Features and Exhibits

  • African Savanna: This expansive exhibit replicates the African savanna, featuring giraffes, zebras, ostriches, and other iconic African animals. The open landscapes and mixed-species habitats offer a naturalistic environment for the animals.
  • Grizzly Gulch: Home to rescued grizzly bears, this exhibit provides a safe and enriching habitat for these powerful animals. Educational displays and keeper talks offer insights into bear behavior and conservation.
  • Penguin Island: Observe a colony of Magellanic penguins in a habitat designed to mimic their natural environment. The exhibit includes underwater viewing areas where visitors can watch the penguins swim and dive.
  • Gorilla Preserve: This exhibit houses a troop of western lowland gorillas in a spacious, forested environment. Visitors can learn about the social structure and behavior of gorillas, as well as conservation efforts to protect these endangered primates.
  • Cat Kingdom: Featuring a variety of big cats, including lions, snow leopards, and tigers, this exhibit highlights the beauty and power of these majestic predators. Informational displays educate visitors about big cat conservation and biology.
  • South American Tropical Rainforest: This indoor exhibit showcases the diverse wildlife of South America's rainforests, including birds, reptiles, and mammals. The lush, tropical environment provides a unique learning experience about this vital ecosystem.
  • Primate Discovery Center: Home to a variety of primate species, this exhibit offers an in-depth look at the behavior, communication, and social structures of primates. Interactive displays and educational talks enhance the learning experience.
  • Children’s Zoo: Designed for younger visitors, the Children's Zoo features a petting zoo, educational play areas, and exhibits that introduce children to the wonders of the animal kingdom in a fun and interactive way.

Visiting Tips for Families

  • Plan Ahead: Check the San Francisco Zoo’s website for current exhibits, special events, and educational programs to make the most of your visit. Check operating times to ensure the zoo is open during your planned visit.
  • Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking through the zoo’s extensive exhibits.
  • Bring Essentials: Pack water and snacks. The zoo also offers dining options, and there are picnic areas available for those who prefer to bring their own food.
  • Engage with Staff: Utilize the knowledgeable staff and volunteers who can provide insights and answer questions about the animals and conservation efforts.
  • Participate in Activities: Encourage students to participate in any available interactive exhibits  to enhance their learning experience and enjoyment of the zoo.


By visiting the San Francisco Zoo, families can explore a wide variety of wildlife and learn about the importance of conservation and biodiversity. The zoo provides a dynamic and educational environment that inspires curiosity, respect for animals, and a deeper understanding of the natural world. Whether observing gorillas, exploring the African Savanna, or learning about tropical rainforests, the San Francisco Zoo offers an enriching experience for visitors of all ages.

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens

PriceFrom $29.00
  • Please use the information on this page (package type, venue name, price, etc.) to submit an order request with your school. Once your order is approved, your school will forward the request to us. We will then reach out to you with instructions on how to finalize your trip details and access accompanying resources. Once finalized, you will receive your e-tickets and any additional materials directly to your inbox within 1-3 business days. If you don't see our email(s), please check your spam folder prior to contacting us.


    To ensure a smooth process, it is generally recommended to submit your order with your school AT LEAST 10 business days prior to your trip date, unless you are booking a venue that requires more advanced planning. *Please be mindful of your school's processing times and plan accordingly.

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