San Francisco – Everyday Insider! (TM) Trip 15

Continuing with a list of Everyday Insider! (TM) events or venues which tourists to San Francisco can use to enjoy California life with the locals.

San Francisco Zoo is located close to the ocean and is on the renowned 49 Mile Scenic Drive. In 1922, Park Commission President Herbert Fleishhacker purchased a 60-acre tract of land to develop a new public park; this became the SF Zoological Gardens and the world-famous, salt-water, Fleischhaker Pool, which became the largest swimming pool in the world (more on that in another post).

Herbert and his brother, Mortimer, donated approximately $50,000 for the building of the Mother’s House – a respite made for mothers and their children which was a Tuscan style villa and a large wading pool. That building, opened on Labor Day 1925, was dedicated to their mother, Delia. It still exists and has beautiful murals on the interior walls. The Zoo is trying to update its use.

The grounds of the Zoo contain many different exterior rooms and sections. Some are really in need of refurbishment and need to be a kinder environment for the animals. Others have already been modernized or are new venues.

Like all zoos, there’s always a need for funds, and the day will be a constant trickle of expenditures, but with them, you know you are supporting the animals’ well-being.

Many animals in zoos are there because they otherwise would not survive in the wild, due to injury or age, or they are endangered and need to be protected.

Some of the parts of the Zoo to visit are: Koala Crossing and Outback Trail, Gorilla Preserve and Primate Discovery Center, the Children’s Petting Zoo, Cat Kingdom and Bear Country along with South American Tropical Forest.

At SF Zoo, you can see endangered Siberian and Sumatran tigers. These are amazing, powerful animals which deserve their place in the sun. What would the world be like without their magnificence? We just cannot allow that to happen!

In the same area, you can also see the famous fishing cats.

Certain times are better than others for seeing active animals. It is wise to call about the waking cycles for your favorites. If you come when most of the animals are sleeping, it’s just not the same experience!

Also, at this Zoo, there have been numerous reports of people heckling the animals. If you see this happening, please report it!

Upcoming Events:
July 17&18 Teddy Bear Festival
July 19-25 National Zookeeper Week: Meet the Keepers All Week Long!

REGULAR HOURS (March 13 to November 5)
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last admission is at 4 p.m. Members are admitted until 4:30 p.m. (Subject to change based on serious weather conditions. Please call or check the Zoo’s Website before your visit on stormy days.)

Children’s Zoo
open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except as noted:

Family Farm 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Insect Zoo 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Animal Resource Center 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Winter Hours are posted on site.

General Admission
Persons Age Rate
Adults 15-64 $15.00
Seniors 65 and over $12.00
Children 4-14 $9.00
Children 3 and under Free

For SF residents, and disabled and military residents, the rate is discounted. There are Free Days for San Francisco Residents, disabled and military on the first Wednesday of every month, with proof of residency. Members are always free.

Transport Rentals
Wagons, Jeep strollers, wheelchairs, and electric scooters are available for daily rental at the Entry Village on a first come, first served basis.
Item Rate
Wagon/Jeep Stroller $9.00
Wheelchair $10.00
Electric Scooter $30.00

There are designated routes and exhibit areas to ensure that the public is aware of which are accessible. So, be sure to use the gate map as you enter the Zoo to learn about route accessibility.

Other accessibility features:

* A special passenger car on the Little Puffer miniature steam train is designed to hold a wheelchair.
* A special sand box is built high enough for wheelchair approach in the Meerkat and Prairie Dog exhibit.

Bathrooms and handicap facilities are located in several places, as are telephones. There is also a TTY phone. All this information is shown on the Zoo Map.

Talking Storybooks and Zoo Keys – $3

The ever-popular, interactive Storybooks have returned to the Zoo. They are activated by the little plastic animal keys which became nostalgic icons to visitors from years past. At these Storybook sites around the Zoo, visitors can listen to multilingual recordings of stories and fun facts about the animals. You can purchase your Storybook key at the Admissions Gate and the older versions no longer work.

Enjoy your visit!

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