Africa Rocks Opening at The San Diego Zoo

 If you are looking for things to do in San Diego then visit The San Diego Zoo’s new Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks, which highlights some of Africa’s most extraordinary species.  Wander through six different habitats from savanna to seashore: Cape Fynbos, West African Forest, Madagascar Forest, Acacia Woodland, Ethiopian Highlands, and Kopje. 

If you are looking for things to do in San Diego then visit The San Diego Zoo’s new Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks,which highlights some of Africa’s most extraordinary species. Wander through six different habitats from savanna to seashore: Cape Fynbos, West African Forest, Madagascar Forest, Acacia Woodland, Ethiopian Highlands, and Kopje.
Last Sunday, My family and I got a chance to visit the Cape Fynbos habitat at The San Diego Zoo, part of the massive Africa Rocks exhibit. When people think of Africa usually animals like Elephants, Giraffes, Gorillas, Buffalo or Tigers come to mind (not all of these can be seen at the San Diego zoo!).  This new venue, however, showcases unusual species, from the wildly beautiful protea plant to the leopard sharks that swim among the reefs and adorable African penguins. The tank for the African penguins and leopard sharks is a massive 275,000-gallons, with viewing areas beneath the water where the sharks meander through coral and come right up to the glass, and penguins dive down or float right above the sharks.  A viewing area up top shows a different look at the sharks, as well as the cove where the penguins like to hang out.  I was scared for the Penguins as a shark swam up to them but the Penguins didn’t even flinch as the two cohabitate without any issue.

If you are looking for things to do in San Diego then visit The San Diego Zoo’s new Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks,which highlights some of Africa’s most extraordinary species. Wander through six different habitats from savanna to seashore: Cape Fynbos, West African Forest, Madagascar Forest, Acacia Woodland, Ethiopian Highlands, and Kopje.

If you are looking for things to do in San Diego then visit The San Diego Zoo’s new Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks,which highlights some of Africa’s most extraordinary species. Wander through six different habitats from savanna to seashore: Cape Fynbos, West African Forest, Madagascar Forest, Acacia Woodland, Ethiopian Highlands, and Kopje.
The San Diego Zoo always does things right.  The sharks and penguins have plenty of room to get around, and with such a massive tank there are plenty of great viewpoints.   We sat down on one of the many benches and just took in the awesomeness of watching live sharks in San Diego.  I snapped the attached video of the kids with sharks swimming behind them, at least until my daughter got scared and jumped away!  I personally love to just sit and observe animals for a while and found the aquarium to be a soothing place to do so.  It was in a way kind of therapeutic and calming for me.  We later walked along the Africa Rocks path some more where there was a cultural, interactive African performance going on.  A couple of people walking around in flamingo costumes, too; there’s definitely excitement in the air.  Towards the end of the trail was a massive waterfall that’s nearly seven stories high, the largest man-made waterfall in San Diego.  You can actually go behind/under the fall for a very cool vantage point.  
The San Diego Zoo is one of San Diego’s best attractions, and my family has been proud members for nearly two decades.  There have been some big additions over the years, like the impressive Australian Outback from just a few years back.  I must say though that the Africa Rocks addition looks like the biggest expansion yet.  If you’re lucky enough to have visited the zoo before then you know it’s massive size, and how a couple of the trails loop around the perimeter.  The #AfricaRocks is basically filling in a major portion of one of those huge trails.  The zoo didn’t pull any punches on the expansion.  It feels very modern, yet stays true to the habitats as the San Diego Zoo is a world leader in that regard.  I think the animals and zoo patrons will all be very happy.   

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Six New Africa Rocks Habitats:

You can see the other expansion areas being worked on as well to introduce new Africa Rocks habitats.  I can’t wait to see each of them and introduce my kids to even more of the world’s wondrous creatures:

o Kopje – These boulder-strewn islands in grassland savanna are home to a variety of animals that live their lives among the rocks, including meerkats, hyraxes, and klipspringer antelope.  Of this bunch, I think I’ve only seen meerkats, who can be especially entertaining when they’re perched up and looking around.

o Ethiopian Highlands  This rugged mountain habitat is made up of craggy, granite peaks and plateaus. The unique species adapted to this environment include Hamadryas baboons, geladas, and Nubian Ibex.  The primates section of the San Diego Zoo is the most impressive I’ve ever seen (I could watch the bonobos for hours).  I’m excited to see more is coming!

If you are looking for things to do in San Diego then visit The San Diego Zoo’s new Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks,which highlights some of Africa’s most extraordinary species. Wander through six different habitats from savanna to seashore: Cape Fynbos, West African Forest, Madagascar Forest, Acacia Woodland, Ethiopian Highlands, and Kopje.

 

o Acacia Woodland – This open woodland habitat features shrubs and grasses among thorn-bearing acacia trees. Leopards prowl here, vervet monkeys chatter in large family groups, and a colorful bevy of birds flit and nest among the branches in a huge walk-through aviary.  This sounds gorgeous, I may be most curious about this particular habitat.

o Madagascar Forest –  Madagascar’s forests are among the world’s most distinctive, with dramatic limestone formations and spiny-dry forest plants. This is home to species found nowhere else on Earth, including the extraordinary tree-leaping lemurs.  I have heard that Madagascar has the most amazing wildlife on the planet.

o West African Forest – The dense, tropical forests of western Africa get up to 80 inches of rain each year, creating waterfalls, streams, and pools for fish and the dwarf crocodiles that eat them.  Crocs are one animal that my kids want to see more of at the Zoo, I know they’ll want to come to this exhibit on day-one!

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15 Comments

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    Jul 5, 2017 at 8:39 am

    That sounds like a great exhibit! I’d love to take the kids there. We love the zoo.

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    Marysa
    Jul 5, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I would love to visit the San Diego Zoo with my family. Looks like such a great place, with a lot to explore. My kids would have such a blast checking out this exhibit and the others too.

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    candy
    Jul 5, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Oh man my daughter just moved from there. We use to go the the zoo all the time. Would have loved to see the cute penguins.

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    Joely Smith
    Jul 5, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    I would love to visit the San Diego Zoo! I have heard so many wonderful things about this place since I was a child! My son and I adore penguins and I would love to see all the old and new habitats!

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    Heather
    Jul 5, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    My best friend lives in San Diego. I need to get my tush over there and see all of this cuteness!

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    Eloise
    Jul 5, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    my kids LOVE the penguin exhibit at the MN Zoo… they’re fun to watch and they’re social as they pay attention to the people watching ; ) glad the San Diego Zoo has incorporated this into their zoo.

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    Jeni
    Jul 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    The San Diego zoo is definitely on my bucket list. I have heard so many amazing things about it.

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    Adaleta
    Jul 5, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Wow this is so cool!! I love penguins!

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    Shannon Gurnee
    Jul 6, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    We went to the San Diego Zoo in December and it was awesome! This sounds like a great exhibit they’ll be opening up! I would love to check it out with my family.

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    wicklessusa
    Jul 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    i’ve heard so many great things about the San Diego zoo its reputation precedes it. I was surprised at the Penguins and the sharks can live together, that’s pretty neat.

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    sara
    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:09 am

    What an amazing exhibit! The animals are all so cute. My kids would love to visit one day soon. Thank you for sharing this wonderful family friendly spot.

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    Terri Beavers
    Jul 7, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Zoo’s are a great way to teach the kids about other animals that we don’t have around here. A friend of mine went on vacation in SD and she really bragged about the San Diego zoo.

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    Carol Cassara
    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I think this is such a fun place for the kids! It’s always nice to allow them to get to know the animals and see them up close. I appreciate you sharing these activities!

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    Oyinkan Ogunleye
    Jul 7, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I don’t know much about San Diego but I haven’t been to a zoo since I was a kid. I used to have so much fun! LOL

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    natalie z
    Jul 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    We love going to the zoo! While I have been to the san diego zoo, I can’t wait to take my boys. This looks like a great addition!

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