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Travel to San Francisco: The San Francisco Zoo

Visit the san franciso zoo

The San Francisco Zoo has a long and glorious history, and has been a civic treasure since the City's heyday during the first part of the 20th century. The new Zoo is becoming a reality. The historic San Francisco Zoo is being transformed into the New Zoo , a conservation zoo that is dedicated to the preservation of wild places and wildlife. The new conservation zoo seeks to foster respect and appreciation of wildlife and to provide enlightening and awe-inspiring experiences for all ages.

In Summer 2002, the new Lipman Family Lemur Forest opened along with a whole new main entrance experience for visitors. The lemur forest features five different species of these amazing primates from Madagascar in a large outdoor setting. And not only will you find the main entrance facing the Pacific Ocean, you'll find all new services just for you!

The Friend and Taube Family Entry Village offers a new gift shop, restrooms, and membership and information booths. It will be a central place for you to meet up with friends and family. You'll also enjoy the new Leaping Lemur Café that offers an indoor dining experience with a wide variety of food choices and the intricate restoration of the famed Dentzel Carousel. All these exciting new additions join the recently expanded Children's Zoo , the new Connie and Bob Lurie Education Center and new Koret Animal Resource Center.

San Francisco Zoo Location

The San Francisco Zoo has a new main entrance and parking lot that can be accessed from two locations.

Sloat Boulevard Entrance
At Sloat Boulevard at 47th Avenue, adjacent to the Ocean Beach and the Great Highway and across the street from the Sloat Garden Center and infamous Doggie Diner/Carousel restaurant. The Sloat Blvd. and 45th Avenue entrance has closed. The new entrance features a drop-off area for pedestrians and a grand walkway to our new entry village.

Great Highway Entrance
The new vehicles-only entrance, with access to the new parking lot is located on the western end of the Zoo, next to Ocean Beach. Travel there by driving westbound on Sloat Blvd., left on Skyline Blvd., then right on the Great Highway, or from the Great Highway, if you are traveling northbound toward the Zoo.

Open Limited Days-Herbst Road/ South Gate Entrance
At Herbst Road off of Highway 35/Skyline Boulevard. Entrance is located across from the Recreation Center for the Handicapped. This entrance is open limited days.

San Francisco Zoo Contact Information

Mailing Address :

San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, CA 94132

Main Office: (415) 753-7080 (recorded voicemail and operator)
General Fax: (415) 681-2039
The Main Office Receptionist is on duty 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday - Friday.

Photography is Welcome at the San Francisco Zoo
You are welcome to photograph or videotape any Zoo animals, but you must stay safely behind any barriers and remain in the public areas at all times. If you are a member of the press, or on commercial assignment and need further assistance to photograph or videotape animals at closer range, please contact the San Francisco Zoo Public Relations Department or visit the San Francisco Zoo Media Center for more information.

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