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!
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!
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.
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.