‘Tis the Season for Giving (an annual membership to the zoo)!

Each week this month we are profiling one of our favorite San Diego non-profits and giving you the chance to enter to win a membership, admission or event ticket in support of that organization. In our third week of giving, we are featuring the one and only, San Diego Zoo!

San Diego Zoo Global is the not-for-profit organization that operates the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Their conservation work, research, training, and endless amounts of knowledge provide guests the opportunity to not only see, but also LEARN about thousands of different plant and animal species, many that are on the verge of extinction.

What we love:  This list would be a lot shorter if we were featuring what we don’t love, because well, that’s next to nothing! There is just SO much to love about the San Diego Zoo. One of our favorites: all the adorable babies! This month stop in to see the hippo calf, Tony, the new dwarf crocodiles, the baby baboons, or Mosi, the new okapi calf.

Next on our love-list is the new Africa Rocks! We’ve been members of the zoo for a few years now, so we’re always excited when a new enclosure or area opens up, and Africa Rocks is no exception to our excitement! We could easily spend our whole afternoon here watching the African penguins dart through the water, the fierce glares of the hamadryas baboons, the never-ending energy of the vervet monkeys, and the constant busy work of the meerkats. If you haven’t been through Africa Rocks yet, it’s an absolute must!

Oliver enjoying the leopard sharks and penguins in the new Africa Rocks

And while there are a hundred other things we love about the San Diego Zoo, the last on our list today is the dual membership it provides with the San Diego Zoo Safari Park! Want a whole new experience with all new animals?! No problem! Your membership also gets you into the Zoo’s Safari Park! Just 30 miles north of downtown, the Safari park is a 1,800 acre wildlife sanctuary, home to over 3,000 animals!

Both the zoo and the safari park offer a children’s petting zoo!

What we’re offering: Enter for your chance to win an annual membership for one child and one adult to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park by leaving a comment below. If you become our winner, you’ll enjoy an entire year of unlimited access to BOTH parks, shopping & dining discounts, member-only events, and other exclusive member specials throughout the year.

When we’re going: This month (through Jan 1st), Jungle Bells is the highlight event of the Zoo, featuring “twinkling lights, festive foods, and merry performances.” Guests can enjoy special animal encounters, take a photo with Santa, participate in the “Reindeer Games”, sing-along with the Tinseltones, and ooh and aww at the many light experiences.

“Snow” starts to fall around 4:45 in intervals near Elephant Odessy!

Fine print: The winner of our giving Tuesday/December contest will be announced on December 23rd. Each week a different non-profit will be highlighted, and readers are invited to enter for a chance to win a membership or admission. All entries will be collected and entered. One entry will be randomly selected to win and awarded the prize of their choice. Readers may enter every week during the month of December. Only one name and prize will be selected. 

63 thoughts on “‘Tis the Season for Giving (an annual membership to the zoo)!

  1. Nieves says:

    I love your blog I juat share it with my friends in San Diego!
    Thank you!!! ? I hope I win the tickets!

  2. Sara Greenspan says:

    So interested please!!

  3. Lizbeth Solis says:

    Wow! We are new to San Diego this would be an amazing for my kids to explore. We havent gone to many places San Diego has to offer. It is quite expensive. But we are saving to take a chance to go. But this looks like so much fun!

  4. Bethany says:

    We have gone to the zoo almost every week for the past 3 years and don’t have our season passes for next year yet, so this would be amazing! We especially love the new Africa Rocls exhibit with the penguins and the waterfall.

  5. Juli Macias says:

    Oh please, I haven’t been about to buy passes for my family. We have only been on field trips or friends who get a friend in for free. This would be a great win. Thank you. Good luck to all.

  6. Marylou says:

    Thank you for considering us ❤️

  7. Julie says:

    Would love this so much since my son is loving animals these days. Thank you!!

  8. Patty Kalaye says:

    We would feel so blessed to have these zoo passes. We haven’t had season tickets in years and my son is in kindergarten now and very excited to learn about animals. He went to a Holiday Safari class on the Marine Corps base and has me looking on National Geographic for kids certain animals. Would love to show him in person!

  9. Amanda overton says:

    Great opportunity this is would such a great gift.

  10. Erin Flores says:


  11. Alicia says:

    Merry Christmas!

  12. Shawna enriquez says:

    THank you

  13. Aurelia Yee says:

    Would love to take our 1 year old to the zoo!!

  14. Bo says:

    We would love to see the new exhibit.

  15. Wendy says:

    Please! Please! Please!

  16. Matt Hinchman says:

    My family and I love going to the zoo, this would be great!

  17. Brittany foreman says:

    My son has been asking non stop to go back to zoo this would be awesome

  18. Brandy Garner says:

    What a generous offer! We haven’t been to the zoo in at least 6 months. We would love to have the option to go whenever we’d like!

  19. Amanda Panda says:

    Zoo passes!?! Wow, hope I’m not too late! The cubs and I would be oh-so grateful. We’re new to your site, but it’s quickly become a favorite.

  20. Malia F says:

    Would love to win some passes to the Zoo.

    Good luck everyone!

  21. Kat Sue says:

    Thank you for the opportunity! We would love a membership to the zoo!!

  22. Sharon Russell says:

    Fingers and toes crossed!! ?

  23. Sheree says:

    We would love a chance to win the passes!

  24. Jody Lounsbery says:

    This is great! My family are huge fans of the zoo.

  25. Gloria Collett says:

    Awesome, we love the zoo!

  26. Serene says:

    That would be so awesome to win zoo passes, my daughter will love that.

  27. Stephanie says:

    Being a single mom, I would love to be able to treat my children to a zoo visit more than once in a while when I can afford it. They’re amazingly generous children; they deserve something special. Love Moms Guide!!!! Thank you for the opportunity!!! Happy Holidays to all!!!

  28. Malia F says:

    This is great. Fingers crossed.

  29. Jasmine Richards says:

    We love the zoo !! It would be awesome to win this ! Thanks Moms Guide

  30. Maggie Hartnett says:

    We love the zoo, especially the “hippy hummus” as my son calls them (also know as a hippopotamus!?)

  31. Ruth Mccallister says:

    I would love to win this for me and my daughter

  32. Dana crake says:

    We visit the zoo very often! We love it and have been supporting the zoo for years. Happy holidays. And good luck to winners!

  33. Erin Hawn says:

    We love the zoo and moms guide! Happy holidays ❤️

  34. Abby says:

    Fingers and toes crossed! This would bring so much joy to our family.

  35. Emily Dally says:

    Our family loves the safari park and zoo!

  36. Katy cole says:

    Oooh! This is an awesome prize! Fingers crossed that me and my zoo loving preschooler win!!

  37. Linda says:

    We’ve had zoo passes since my daughter was born in 2014. They expire at the end of the year so this would be perfect timing to renew!

  38. Jennie C. says:

    I have always wanted to go see Jungle Bells!

  39. Jessica Curnutte says:

    We love the world famous San Diego zoo and would love to be season pass holders this year. We are so fortunate in San Diego to have this amazing learning resource available to our families. I love the zoo!!

  40. Erin Flores says:

    We’ve been missing going to the Zoo! This would make 2018 extra Awesome!!

  41. Sarah B. says:

    This would be such a great gift for our family! We love the zoo!!

  42. Melissa Philpott says:

    OMG! This would be absolutely amazing to have!!!!!!

  43. Marisa Cunningham says:

    We love the zoo so much, but can’t afford annual passes right now. It would be incredible to receive such a generous gift!

  44. Elisha Johnson-Grant says:

    We would love to be considered!

  45. Jill Boyle says:

    We love the zoo so much! It’s a great place for meet ups with friends. We also love all their conservation work!!

  46. Whitney corey says:

    The San Diego zoo is one of the best!! Our fam loves going and riding the sky tram!!

  47. Rebecca says:

    My son loves the zoo! We have only been able to take him one time but he asks all the time to go again!

  48. Claudia Sansone says:

    We really LOVE the Zoo and admire the work and efforts they do to keep the Animals safe. Please try to support and helpmthem to continue this amazing job.

  49. Claudia Sansone says:

    We really LOVE the Zoo and admire the work and efforts they do to keep the Animals safe.

  50. Amy V says:

    I would love to see the zoo during the holidays looks beautiful my kids would love it!

  51. ANN M says:

    We would love this. My daughter loves animals and wants to be a zoologist or marine biologist when she grows up.

  52. Maribel King says:

    My kids and I love the zoo!

  53. Arleth says:

    We love ❤️ the San Diego Zoo!! but our memberships has expired ?. This would be the best Chismas present for our family?? Thank you so much for the opportunity.

  54. Brittney vier says:

    This is such an awesome and generous giveaway!

  55. Brandi Smith says:

    THis would be amazing for our homeschooling. We love the zoo and miss having passes

  56. Claire Temple says:

    Just arrived in San Diego from the U.K. and this would be beyond fantastic.

  57. Hastings Family says:

    We love the zoo! Thank you for this opportunity! Good luck and a happy holidays to all!

  58. Shawna enriquez says:

    Would love to take my niece and nephew

  59. Amy Reichert says:

    Awesome! ❤

  60. Sofia Hermanson says:

    My son would love this, hope we win!

  61. Anya M says:

    My son and I LOVE the zoo and we haven’t been in so long!

  62. Julie baker says:

    Would love this to take my animal loving son to the zoo!

  63. Cara Hinchman says:

    This is on our Christmas list! We had to let our membership go last year and are really missing it. This would be such an amazing gift to give to our daughter! ???

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