My Mom was in town last weekend so we decided to head over to Escondido to check out the Wild Animal Park. It was a really cool experience. The main purpose of the park is to give the animals a natural habitat to live and reproduce outside of the San Diego Zoo. The parks existence has helped many animals from becoming extinct and has served as an excellent resource for animal research.
You have several options once inside the park depending on the experience you are looking for and the amount of money you want to spend. We opted for the best value tickets which included a Journey into Africa tour ride. The tour was an amazing expedition into some of the field exhibits, allowing us the chance to see the animals on a closer level. I was surprised to see such diverse animals living side by side in the same exhibits. Furthermore, I was even more surprised to see their predators lurking in exhibits adjacent to them. The tour guide explained to us that many of the animals are released back into the wild so in order to keep them alert, they have their predators just close enough to smell. In the slide show you can see the different animals co-existing, which is unlike what you see at the majority of zoos.
The Wild Animal Park was a wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend it. For more information about the park visit San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park.