We are planning something new at the San Diego Zoo: a completely reimagined Children’s Zoo! The Denny Sanford Children’s Zoo will be a safe and joyful place where kids can make lasting connections with animals and discover the natural world through active, hands-on play.

You can help us make this one-of-a-kind place a reality for the children of San Diego and beyond. You can inspire a future generation to care about wildlife and natural places!

Explore the
New Children's Zoo

  • A complete redesign of the Children’s Zoo experience offers a fresh opportunity to provide authentic exploration of nature that intrigues and delights kids. The San Diego Zoo’s new Denny Sanford Children’s Zoo will be a two-acre tapestry of diverse habitats that will transport young visitors to a land that is rich in adventurous, intimate, dramatic, and playful opportunities to explore nature at their own pace.

  • Insect statues and a bright, colorful arch announce the entrance, and a huge water globe that little ones can run their hands in beckons. Kids can follow a stream into a grasslands habitat, where desert tortoises, burrowing owls, and prairie dogs live.

  • Kids can hide behind a waterfall, dabble and splash in a gentle, rocky creek, or dash across it from above: this multi-sensory experience is sure to delight little visitors and expand minds.

  • An insect house features leaf-cutter ant colonies, butterflies, stick insects, and a beehive behind glass where kids can watch bees work. Another surprise is an entire wall of underground tunnels and burrows for naked mole-rats. Nearby, child-sized burrows beckon to be explored, as kids discover what it’s like to be a mole-rat.

You Can Inspire Future
Wildlife Lovers
Your gift will help build this dynamic new play and learning space at the San Diego Zoo.
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