San Francisco Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo information
Lonely Planet review
Even those who object to zoos in theory have been known to break down and take the kids here – after being begged for, oh, the thousandth time – only to discover that there are actually some well-kept habitats. Of note are the Savannah, featuring giraffes, zebras and ostrich, and the Lemur Forest, hosting cuddly Madagascan primates in a woodland setting.
This is quite an improvement over a few years ago, when the elephant herd began dying of pneumonia and had to be relocated from the foggy Sunset to a more suitable climate. The zoo’s biggest attractions are the Great Ape Forest, the barnyard-style petting zoo and the gorgeous Dentzel carousel ($2 per ride). The Big Cat exhibit is now upgraded, after a 2007 tiger attack killed one person and injured two others. New interactive storybook features are activated with a Zoo Key ($3) and jeep strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent ($11 and $10, respectively).