Wild animal preserves make it possible for people to see how animals interact with their environments and for animals to see how people interact with their weird, hairless babies. Witness the wonders of nature with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $39 for interactive, guided tour for two adults and two children ($76 value)
- $75 for interactive, guided tour for four adults and four children ($152 value)
- $40 for one day of Zoo Camp for one child aged 6–13 ($80 value)
Under the supervision of trainers and staff, visitors visitors on this behind-the-scenes tour encounter more than 150 exotic animals up close, including foxes, kinkajous, and binturongs. Alternatively, the degree-holding professionals on staff can assist budding zoologists in their early research by giving youngsters the chance to interact with and help care for Zoo Camp’s collection of more that 120 exotic animals.
Wild Wonders, Inc.
In the quiet, northern end of San Diego County lies the lush, green gem of Wild Wonders, Inc., a multipurpose facility that celebrates California's natural beauty and maintains artificial habitats for more than 150 exotic animals. The staff calls their charges "animal ambassadors," conditioning and training each of them to serve in close, educational encounters with wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. Although the facility is closed to the general public, through their Zoo Camp program educators give kids a chance try their hand at zoo keeping, including rare opportunities to help feed, clean, and care for the animal ambassadors during intimate interactions.
The onsite staff obtained the park's residents—many of which were deemed non-releasable native wildlife—from other educational facilities as well as more dangerous reaches, such as lands riddled by the illegal pet trade. Resident wonders include big-eared foxes, armored armadillos, giant centipedes, and talkative african gray parrots.