San Diego is literally unrivalled when it comes to being a place for animal lovers and animal conservationists alike and whether you live in California and are planning a trip, or else live farther away and are wondering if the city is worth visiting, then you have definitely come to the right place.
For animal lovers everywhere, continue reading to discover why San Diego is the ultimate city for animal lovers.
San Diego Zoo
Undeniably the most iconic center for all things animals and certainly a must-see for animal lovers is San Diego Zoo.
Over 3,700 animals reside at San Diego Zoo and the owners, animal keepers and staff all strive to work to give each individual animal the best quality of life, as well as to educate the zoo visitors on how to help animals in the wild.
Visiting San Diego Zoo is one of the most enthralling and educational experiences in equal measure and to avoid disappointment, it makes much more sense to book San Diego zoo tickets online before you go.
Living Coast Discovery Center
The ordinary people and prominent people of San Diego alike are all dedicated to conserving wildlife, both in and around the city and beyond. As a result, there is a myriad of large and smaller and more independently run organizations dedicated to this important cause.
Located just over fifteen minutes southwards out of downtown California, the Living Coast Discover Center is an entirely nonprofit center dedicated to inspiring their visitors to be more mindful about the environment and caring for the animals, reptiles, birds and plants within.
Unbelievably, but entirely accurately, it is possible to go whale watching in and around the city of San Diego practically every month of the year. In the spring and the winter, you are most likely to see grey whales in their natural habitat and blue whales are most likely to be spotted in the fall and throughout the summer.
By contrast, the mighty Humpback whales are in the ocean off the coast of San Diego all year round, as well as the more mysterious beluga whales and fin whales, both of which scientists and experts are still trying to find out more about.
Exotic Animal Sanctuaries
When it comes to large cats and other, dangerous, wild animals, the city of San Diego is dedicated to protecting and nurturing both awareness and species preservation of them all and there is a plethora of different exotic animal sanctuaries across the city, from small and large.
Perhaps the most prominent exotic animal sanctuary in the city is Lions, Tigers & Bears, which is located just under an hour away from the downtown area of San Diego. To date, there are sixty-two rescued animals residing at Lions, Tigers & Bears and if you decide to visit the sanctuary, not only will you make incredible memories with the animals, your ticket money will go straight back into the sanctuary.
San Diego Children’s Nature Retreat
There is no way that domesticated pets and wild animals alike will be protected and treated properly by future generations if parents fail to educate your children in the importance of being environmentally friendly and essentially being a kind person.
San Diego Children’s Nature Retreat’s essential purpose is to help and encourage children to start concentrating on how they can do their individual ‘bit’ to protect birds and wildlife, encourage the protection and salvation of endangered animals and look after their domesticated pets.
If as much as you absolutely adore animals of any shape or size, your heart truly lies with birds, then you are in luck, because San Diego is an absolute magnet for a whole range of magnificent birds.
From Great Blue Herons to Great Egrets, there are such a variety of different bird and wildlife habitats in and around the city of San Diego that you will truly be spoilt for choice in terms of where to go.
If you are lucky, whilst birdwatching you will be in the presence of Golden Eagles, Zone Tailed Hawks, Turkey Vultures, White Headed Woodpeckers, Mississippi Kites, American Cots, Allen’s Hummingbirds and even Ospreys.