Interact with exotic animals, from adorable foxes to enormous centipedes, under the supervision of zoologists and trainers
Choose from Three Options
- $49 for a one-hour guided group tour for two adults and two children ($90 value)
- $95 for a one-hour guided group tour for four adults and four children ($180 value)
- $175 for a 90-minute private tour for two with cheetah meeting and photo ($350 value)
For the guided group tour, staff members guide groups of 20 on a behind-the-scenes tour, where they’ll encounter more than 150 exotic animals up close.
The private tour includes a meet-and-greet and photos with a cheetah.
Wild Wonders, Inc.
In the quiet, northern end of San Diego County lies the lush, green gem of Wild Wonders, Inc., a multipurpose facility that celebrates California’s natural beauty and maintains artificial habitats for more than 150 exotic animals. The staff calls their charges “animal ambassadors,” conditioning and training each of them to serve in close, educational encounters with wildlife enthusiasts of all ages. Although the facility is closed to the general public, through their Zoo Camp program educators give kids a chance try their hand at zoo keeping, including rare opportunities to help feed, clean, and care for the animal ambassadors during intimate interactions.
The onsite staff obtained the park’s residents—many of which were deemed non-releasable native wildlife—from other educational facilities as well as more dangerous reaches, such as lands riddled by the illegal pet trade. Resident wonders include big-eared foxes, armored armadillos, giant centipedes, and talkative african gray parrots.