The San Francisco Zoo

There’s a Very New (and Very Tall!) Reason to Visit the San Francisco Zoo

The animal husbandry team at San Francisco Zoo have a very special new arrival that is delighting staff members and will delight visitors in the near future. The new arrival is a baby giraffe that entered the world at 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 130 pounds. The name of the new calf has not yet been released, but it was born to 11-year-old mother Kristen and Floyd, also 11 years old. Mother and calf are currently being cared for in the Osher Family Giraffe Lodge at the zoo, which is closed to the public while the mother bonds with her new arrival and staff members ensure that the animals receive the best care. The husbandry team has not yet announced when mother and calf will be available for viewing, but they did say that the new baby giraffe would make its debut at the zoo’s African Savanna exhibit.

Bay Area residents know that the San Francisco Zoo is one of the best in the country, with beautiful exhibits, warm and engaging interpreters and a wide range of extraordinary animals to see, hear and, occasionally, smell. The zoo is also very popular with visitors, who enjoy a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits, such as these:

  • Australian Walkabout
  • Fisher Family Children’s Zoo
  • Fred Carroll Family Sea Lion Pool
  • Insect Zoo
  • Lipman Family Lemur Forest
  • Penguin Island
  • Puente al Sur
  • Jones Family Gorilla Preserve
  • Koala Crossing
  • Many other interesting things to see and do

The zoo offers an especially nice perk for San Francisco residents. Around one day each month, the zoo allows San Franciscans with a photo ID and a utility bill with their address on it to enter the gate and enjoy the zoo free of charge. On all other days, residents and visitors can enjoy the zoo for a very modest $15 for ages 15 and up and $9 for kids. Summer hours run from 10 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon seven days a week. The San Francisco Zoo is open 365 days a year, so definitely plan on checking out this marvelous facility (and the newborn!) in the very near future.

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