The San Diego Zoo Safari Park hosted some wild fun on Tuesday in celebration of the attraction’s 50th anniversary.
On May 10, 1972, the 1,800-acre park opened its doors to the public. Back then, the park was known as “Wild Animal Park” and admission was a mere $1.25.
San Diego Safari Park Zoo
Now, the Safari Park has grown to house more than 3,600 animals and 1.2 million plants. As one of San Diego County’s major attractions, it’s an economic force for the region that employs 800 to 1,000 residents, depending on the season.
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“It’s grown a lot, it’s changed a lot but fundamentally, we’re still a conservation organization and that’s what we’re most proud of,” said Gavin Livingston, Curator of Mammals at the Safari Park. “We connect people with wildlife in a way that they could never do anywhere else. That’s what makes this park so special and unique.”
Since its opening, the Safari Park has supported conservation on six continents through its conservation hubs and scientific research. Livingston told NBC 7 the park has plans for conservation that date decades into the future.
The attraction’s anniversary was celebrated with live music and entertainment. And the 50th guest of the day had their ticket updated to include a VIP experience at the park.
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