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A researcher with a koala in Australia; a baby panda born at the San Diego Zoo; a baby southern white rhino born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park



Small Steps, Big Changes

Conservation happens one person, and sometimes one animal, at a time. By working with communities that live alongside wildlife, investing in science and technology for conservation initiatives, and partnering with you, we can end extinction.

Conservation-Focused from the Beginning

The San Diego Zoo began as a rescue operation.

In 1916, Dr. Harry Wegeforth was driving down Park Boulevard when he heard the roar of a lonely lion. Along with bears, monkeys, and other animals, the lion had been part of an exhibit at the Panama-California Exposition earlier that year. But when the exposition closed, the animals were left behind with a few caretakers, and an uncertain future.

Dr. Harry was inspired to rescue those abandoned animals and give them a home where they could be properly cared for. Soon after hearing that fateful roar, he founded the San Diego Zoo.

Since then, we've carried on Dr. Harry's can-do outlook and commitment to protecting wildlife.

rhino mom and baby


Your gift membership offers a lifetime of memories and your loved ones will experience the special wonder of the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park when you give a gift membership today.

Your gift not only cares for countless animals and plants at the Zoo and Safari Park, it protects and saves critically endangered species around the globe relying on us to survive.

Discounts and offers vary by membership type and cannot be combined. Gift recipients must reside within ZIP codes 91900-92899. Memberships valid through 12/31/2021.