The San Diego zoo opened in 1916 and is located in Balboa Park in San Diego; it offers you the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful facilities of its kind in the world, as well as to observe and learn about rare or endangered species.
The zoo has more than 4000 animals of 800 different species on 40 hectares. The botanical garden of the zoo also has more than 4500 plants and flowers. The Zoo is committed to animal welfare and the protection of endangered species. One of the priorities is to provide the most natural infrastructure possible for both animals and visitors.
It is managed by a non-profit foundation, the profits of which are reinvested in programs for the protection of nature, such as the Centre de reproduction of endangered species. There are tigers, pandas, bears, gorillas, an important collection of birds and reptiles, as well as an arboretum containing rare species. The zoo has its own bamboo plantation to feed pandas and eucalyptus for koalas. In November 2015, one of the last four northern white rhinos died in the zoo. In 2010, it welcomed 3.2 million visitors, making it the most visited traditional zoological park in the United States.