Adventurous groups exploring The City by the Bay will find this wonderfully historic hundred acre zoo neatly nestled against the blue Pacific-a veritable urban oasis, home to more than 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species, lush with bountiful, tranquil gardens each creatively showcasing a wide diversity of native and exotic plants. The conservation-and-wellness minded San Francisco Zoo, operational since 1929, currently features dozens of remarkable exhibits-favorites like the Lion House, offering behind-the-scenes view of a big cat management area and Hearst Grizzly Gulch – one of the largest naturalistic environments dedicated solely to grizzly bears where visitors can get face time with a couple of rescued grizzly sisters- provide amazing access and entertaining insight into the lives and times of hundreds of fascinating Zoo residents. A lively colony of extremely social Magellanic penguins thrive and prosper on delightful Penguin Island, while the rich biodiversity of Latin America is represented in the Puente al Sur (Bridge to the South) exhibit and features giant anteaters, (members of the last living group of animals to have evolved in South America when it was an isolated island continent) white-faced whistling ducks, black-faced swans, a Maguari stork and other species native to South and Central America. The expansive 3 acre Leanne B. Roberts African Savanna exhibit displays happily cohabitating giraffe, zebra, kudu and oryx; many African bird species including the crowned crane, ostrich, spur-winged goose and Marabou stork also find peaceful refuge here; the dramatic Savanna links directly to the Jones Family Gorilla Preserve where visitors can experience Western Lowland Gorillas in exceptional habitat. Snow Leopards and Slender-Tailed Meerkats, Kune Kune Pigs and Black Howler Monkeys, Fishing Cats, Red-Ruffed Lemurs and Capybaras are all waiting for you at the beloved San Francisco Zoo! Come, while away a morning; join the animals for breakfast and discover over 1000 reasons why this beloved attraction remains so popular with locals and tourists, alike!