San Diego Zoo is the zoo that you must have seen on your TV sets. It is the zoo where Madagascar pets were kept before they ran away to the jungle, err island, than jungle and then Paris.
The San Diego Zoo houses around 3700 animals and 650 different species. The zoo is in Balboa park in California and is one of the largest zoological membership associations in the world. It has around 250,000 household members and around 130,000 children memberships.
The zoo is considered the pioneer of open air exhibitions of giant animals, as was seen in the movie.
Also, San Diego zoo is one of the few Zoos around the world that houses Giant Pandas. The zoo is known for adding new experiences and in 2013 it added Koalafornia, providing Australian experience to its visitors.
The zoo is privately operated by the not for profit Zoological association of San Diego and is established on around 100 acres of park land within the San Diego city.
The zoo is also a member of the Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) association and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The San Diego zoo also has a safari park and institute for conservation research.
The zoo also has a volunteer program for kids aged 13-17. The students act as volunteers and apprise the visitors about the animals.
The Zoo is getting ready to launch Africa rocks, an African experience, that will allow users to experience Africa. The cages will be designed in such manner. The project is being completed with the help of around 3800 donors.