The animals are less active in the heat and may retreat inside their enclosures when the weather is warm. Crowds are minimal in the winter months, but there are also fewer programs and activities.
Hours & Pricing
The show occurs most days in the summer but is typically reserved for weekends the rest of the year. One of the most popular attractions at the zoo is the Giraffe Encounter. The browser is provided by zoo staff and can be purchased at the Tall Wonders viewing deck five minutes prior to each scheduled encounter. Giraffe encounters occur twice daily but are subject to change, cancellation and occasionally, the disinterested mood of the giraffes.
Giraffes are not likely to bite so children of all ages are welcome to join the fun. Guests may not pet the giraffes. Participants are limited to one food portion per person and tickets can sell out.
Fairytale Town General Admission Fees
Previous Keeper Chats have included a mongoose, anteater, pelican and other critters. Keepers give short presentations and children are given the opportunity to ask questions. Keeper chats are generally offered in the late spring and summer only. Volunteer docents can be found throughout the zoo offering fun facts and conducting small demonstrations.
Save Big on a Day at the Zoo
A photo booth pressed penny machine and Zoofari Market gift shop allows visitors to pick up a souvenir to suit almost any budget. Kids looking for an even more in-depth experience are encouraged to participate in a day camp or career class. This attractively landscaped zoo exhibits a variety of animals, including giraffes, chimpanzees, orangutans, lions, Sumatran tigers, jaguars, snow leopards, Grevy's zebras, lemurs and giant anteaters. Blue tree monitors, ball pythons and Tokey geckos are among the residents in the Reptile House.
San Francisco Zoo - Tickets & Hours
Asian Forest includes a red panda exhibit. Among the resident bird species are hornbills and flamingos. Giraffes can be viewed from a platform deck, and twice-daily giraffe encounters allow visitors to feed these gentle giants.
There's also a carousel that features 32 hand-crafted animals. A small train traverses the grounds.
Zoo Backyard has picnic facilities and a children's play area. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
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