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.



To make a cash donation, please call (415) 753-7173 or e-mail development@sfzoo.org. If you would like to mail:

San Francisco Zoological Society
Development Department
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.

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