6 Unique African Habitats Debut at San Diego Zoo

San Deigo Zoo's Africa Rocks goes above and beyond By: Kenneth Shapiro
The Africa Rocks exhibit features lemurs, among other animals. // © 2017 Getty Images
The Africa Rocks exhibit features lemurs, among other animals. // © 2017 Getty Images

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The world-famous San Diego Zoo sets the standard for zoos everywhere, but for clients looking for a fresh reason to visit this beloved attraction, summer will see the debut of a major new addition.

Called Africa Rocks, the exhibit will feature six unique African habitats — Cape Fynbos, Madagascar Forest, Ethiopian Highlands, West African Highlands, Acacia Woodlands and Kopje — and the animals that live in these environments, including lemurs, leopards, dwarf crocodiles, meerkats, baboons and geladas (a rare primate).

Major construction is required to form these habitats — including building the 65-foot-high Rady Falls, the largest man-made waterfall in San Diego — but, as is par for the course at the San Diego Zoo, no detail is spared in creating the best possible experience for visitors. On a recent visit to the Cape Fynbos habitat, my family and I could watch from above and below the water as African penguins swam alongside leopard sharks. (This is the first time sharks are featured at the zoo.) 

Each habitat will debut throughout the summer, so be sure to check the schedule to let clients know what areas are currently open.

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