Lectures, events, classes, special features, and more.
Keeper Connections and Animal Encounters
Below is the daily Keeper Talk and feeding schedule. Please check the board at the Main Gate for updates. This schedule is subject to change as needed.
Starting Thursday August 13, The Lion House will be closed to the public. Our lions, Jahari, Sukari and Amanzi are part of the African Lion Species Survival Program (SSP), and as with our other SSP cat species, such as Sumatran tigers and fishing cats, they are in an active conservation breeding program. As we have done in the past, we will be closing the Lion House to give them more privacy for this process. While the lions will be provided the opportunity to come and go from habitat to the back of house all of our other cats will be visible outside in their exhibits. During the closure our animal care staff will continue to provide our 2:30 pm keeper talks to our guests outside at one of our Big Cat habitats.*
|10:15 am||Red Panda, Exploration Zone
|10:30 am||Barnyard Stampede, Family Farm
Penguins, Penguin Island
Ostrich, African Savanna
|11:15 am||Hatchery Tour, Family Farm
|11:30 am||Grizzly Bear Feeding, Hearst Grizzly Gulch|
|12:00 pm||Fishing Cat, Outside of the Lion House|
|12:30 pm||Prairie Dogs, Exploration Zone
Chimpanzee, Doelger Primate Discovery Center
Polar Bear, Bear Country
|12:45 pm||Mandrill, Doelger Primate Discovery Center|
|2:30 pm||Incredible Insects in Action, Insect Zoo
Big Cat Keeper Talk, Lion and Tiger Yards
|3:00 pm||White Pelicans, Pelican Beach
Black Rhino, Cat Kingdom
|3:30 pm||Penguins, Penguin Island
Peccary, Bear Country
Farm Encounter, Family Farm
|4:00 pm||Raptors, Koret Animal Resource Center (ARC)|
|4:30 pm||Giraffe Lodge Open House, Bernard Osher Giraffe Lodge|
Other Encounters and Attractions
*Lion House Open Hours: CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC; SEE ABOVE
Wildlife Theatre Shows: 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm**
Nature Trail, Exploration Zone: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm**
ARC Animal Encounter, Animal Resource Center: 2:30 - 3:00 pm
**Daily, then weekends only from August 15 through September 6, 2015
Throughout the Zoo
Around every corner, there are opportunities for learning and fun at the Zoo.
Docents: You’ll find uniformed docents throughout the Zoo who are eager to answer your questions, tell stories, and share their wealth of information with you.
Bio-fact Carts: Docents and youth volunteers staff carts filled with bio-facts of many different animals. See and touch fur, bones, and teeth, and learn about the fascinating physiology of our animals.
Storybooks and more: Don’t forget to pick up a keepsake Zoo Key to use in our Talking Storybooks throughout the Zoo. Other must-do's: Ride the Eugene Friend Dentzel Carousel and the Little Puffer miniature steam train, and let the kids run out all that energy at the newly renovated Elinor Friend Playground.
To ensure your visit to the Zoo is safe and pleasant, please follow the guidelines below.
- Respect the animals.
The magnificent animals in the Zoo are wild and possess all their natural instincts. You are a guest in their home. They are sensitive and have feelings. Please don't tap on glass, cross barriers, throw anything into exhibits, make excessive noise, tease them, or call out to them.
Please report any disturbance to the wildlife to (415) 753-7069 immediately.
- Do not toss coins.
Coins in water are very harmful to animals, so please don’t toss coins into exhibits, pools or streams. Instead, donate your change to conservation at donation boxes around the Zoo.
- Recycle your map.
Recycling benefits wildlife conservation. You can help us when visiting the Zoo by returning your visitor guide to Admissions when you are finished with it. Put your glass, aluminum, and plastic containers in the recycling bins.
- Service animals only.
Pets can spread diseases to our animals. No dogs or other pets are allowed on Zoo grounds, except service dogs. Service dogs may be taken to any area in the Zoo except where animals are free-roaming.
- No smoking anywhere on Zoo grounds.
- Authorized transportation only.
Jeeps, wagons, and wheelchairs are available for daily rental in the Friend and Taube Family Entry Village, so please leave your bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skateboards, and Rollerblades at home.
- Photo guidelines.
Photography is welcome, but please stay safely behind any barriers and remain in the public areas at all times. If you take some great shots and would like to donate them to the Zoo (photo credit cannot be guaranteed), send a CD to the Marketing Department, 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, CA 94132. The Zoo does not permit photos of the animals to be sold for profit or used for any commercial purposes without prior consent. E-mail questions to email@example.com.