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The Gorilla pen

In a Nutshell...

Despite the obvious omission of elephants (the elephant that is not in the room), the San Francisco Zoo is well worth the trip if you are traveling with kids. It is pretty much standard zoo fare with a few notable standouts. One of which was the especially delightful surprise, of discovering the zoo's wonderfully restored antique carrousel. It was built in 1921 towards the end of the hand carved era done in a circus rococo style and features more than just horses. It has cats with saddles on their backs and fish in their mouths, hares that look like they leaped out of a 19th century French cook book and their friend, a pig that did the same. And who am I to say they didn't.


You may want to check the feeding schedule below, since it is more interesting to see animals eating than napping and perhaps to avoid the chimpanzee's throwing contest, which I imagine starts about 3 hours after their feeding time.


High marks for the large gift shop, which is filled with every kind of animal-theme toys that you can think of. And many that you can't.


Parking is $8, but you can usually find free parking on Sloat Boulevard, just outside the gate.


  • Petting zoo
  • Gorillas
  • Working miniature steam train
  • Beautifully restored antique carrousel


  • No elephants or hippos


The 1921 Carousel

Feeding Times:

10:45 am Chimpanzee – near Leaping Lemur Cafe
11:00 am Grizzly Bear – Hearst Grizzly Gulch
1:30 pm North American River Otter – near Penguin Island
2:30 pm Magellanic Penguin – Penguin Island
3:15 pm Raptor Feeding – Children's Zoo Hawk Hill
3:30 pm American White Pelican – Pelican Beach
3:30 pm Duck Pond Feeding – Children's Zoo Family Farm
4:00 pm Reticulated Giraffe – Giraffe Lodge


12 March - 6 November, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (subject to change on stormy days);

7 November - 11 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (subject to change on stormy days)


  • Adults 15-64 $15
  • Youths 4-14 $9
  • Seniors 65 and over $12
  • Children 3 and under Free
  • Parking $8


Miniature steam train


1 Zoo Road

San Francisco, CA 94132

(next to the Pacific Ocean, at Sloat Boulevard and  the Great Highway.)

Bus Lines: MUNI 23, 18, or L Taraval

(415) 753-7080 / www.SFZoo.org


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