SF Zoo: Visit, Become a Member, Donate
The San Francisco Zoo is a 100-acre (40 ha) zoo located in the southwestern corner of San Francisco, California, between Lake Merced and the Pacific Ocean along the Great Highway. The zoo’s main entrance, once located on the north side across Sloat Boulevard and one block south of the Muni Metro L Taraval line, is now to the west on the ocean side of the zoo off of the Great Highway. This zoo is the birthplace of Koko the gorilla, and also the home of Elly, The Black Rhinoceros said to be the oldest rhino in Northern America. It housed more than 1000 individual animals representing over 250 species as of 2016.
Open daily, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Last admission sold one hour before closing time; last Member entry 30 minutes before closing. Children ages 14 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult while on Zoo grounds. On Free Days, all San Francisco residents are eligible for free admission to the Zoo and must provide valid ID at the front gate as proof of residency. The next SF Resident Free Day is September 7, 2016.
- 365 days of FREE admission to our Zoo, gardens and playgrounds
- Expedited entry – skip the ticket line every time
- Special access to Members-only events, including Members’ Mornings and exhibit previews
- 10% discount at all Zoo shops, cafés, and carts
- Discounts on children’s classes, Zoo Camps and educational programs for all ages
- Complimentary guest and carousel ride passes*
- Personalized Membership cards
- Subscription to our E-Newsletter, Animail
- Discounted admission to more than 100 zoos and aquariums nationwide
To make a cash donation, please call (415) 753-7173 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to mail:
San Francisco Zoological Society
1 Zoo Road
San Francisco, CA 94132-1098
The San Francisco Zoo is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The charitable tax ID number is 94-1429538.