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    This is an attempt to list every species on exhibit to general admission visitors at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park during my visits on 6-1-15 to 6-3-15. I am arranging the list by the current visitor map and its named zones, some of which have unclear borders. I am including species for which there is a sign on each exhibit; in the case of the field exhibits seen only from the African Tram, I am listing the species in each exhibit that were announced by the driver or observed by me on 4 trips on the ride. I am not including the Asian Savanna exhibits or others only seen on upcharge safaris such as the Caravan Safari or Cart Safari. Since the park is well-known to have many species off-exhibit, this is not intended to be a full account of the collection. Also, species on exhibit are often moved, so some that were there one day may have disappeared from public view the next. This list may be of more interest to those already familiar with the park since I am not arranging the species by animal type. I will list each zone in a separate entry in the thread for clarity.

    SAFARI BASE CAMP: (12 Exhibits)
    This zone is the entrance area of the park and occupies about 1/3 of the area formerly known as Nairobi Village (the current Nairobi Village zone is about 1/3 the size it once was, although the features are much the same; Safari Base Camp and Gorilla Forest zones are map name changes carved from the former zone).

    First small yard next to Wings of Wonder:
    West African Crowned Crane

    Bird perch across from first small yard:
    Salmon-crested Cockatoo

    Second yard next to Wings of Wonder:
    Indian Muntjac

    Bird perch across path from second yard:
    The sign for this one is actually located at the bird perch across from first small yard, so the birds are probably rotated.
    Hyacinth Macaw

    Wings of Wonder walk-through aviary:
    African Openbill Stork
    African Spoonbill
    Bartlett's Bleeding-heart Dove
    Black-bellied Whistling Duck
    Elegant Crested Tinamou
    Emerald Starling
    Fairy-bluebird
    Falcated Duck
    Fawn-breasted Bowerbird
    Golden-breasted Starling
    Green Imperial-pigeon
    Hadada Ibis
    Himalayan Monal
    Nicobar Pigeon
    Northern Purple Roller
    Ocellated Turkey
    Red-breasted Merganser
    Red-crested Turaco
    Roseate Spoonbill
    Scarlet Ibis
    Southern Bald Ibis
    Storm's Stork
    Sunbittern
    Superb Starling
    Victoria Crowned Pigeon
    Wattled Starling
    White-headed Buffalo Weaver
    White-headed Lapwing
    White-winged Wood Duck

    Bird perch in Plant Trader shop:
    Salmon-crested Cockatoo

    Animal Ambassador Stage:
    This is NOT a permanent exhibit, but I did note the education animals that I saw brought out by keepers for informal presentations. Four hours of presentations were given each day at this location so I am sure there are many other species that are brought out that I did not see!
    American Kestrel
    Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec
    Southern Three-banded Armadillo
    Tawny Frogmouth

    Large lagoon at top of Congo River Fishing Village waterfall:
    Chilean Flamingo
    Crested Screamer
    Moluccan Radjah Shelduck
    White-faced Whistling Duck

    Small lagoon at top of Congo River Fishing Village waterfall:
    Bar-headed Goose
    Hawaiian Goose
    Magpie Goose
    Red-breasted Goose
    South African Shelduck
    Storm's Stork
    Swan Goose
    White-faced Whistling Duck
    (Also saw Black-bellied Whistling Duck)

    Small yard near top of Congo River Fishing Village:
    Southwest African Meerkat

    Small yard behind meerkat:
    Black Duiker

    Island yard at Thorntree Terrace dining area:
    Mountain Coatimundi (Nasuella olivacea, so a more appropriate label may be Western Mountain Coati)

    Small aviary at Discovery Station:
    This enclosure was once part of the queue area for boarding the park's former ride, the Wgasa Bushline Monorail.
    Taveta Golden Weaver
     
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    NAIROBI VILLAGE: (25 Exhibits)

    Nairobi Station:
    These 12 small exhibits are terrarium-sized to small room-sized and are viewed through glass on the outside of the building also known as the Animal Care Center. Each exhibit contains one species:
    Unsigned (contained Southwest African Meerkat)
    Fennec Fox
    Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec
    Pancake Tortoise
    African Bullfrog
    Blotched Blue-tongued Skink
    Chinchilla
    Black Milksnake
    White's Tree Frog
    Ball Python
    Sugar Glider
    African Grey Parrot
    In addition, 4 metal roll-up windows can be opened to expose animals temporarily located at the care center, although none were on view or signed while I was there so I am not counting these as exhibits.

    Nairobi Nursery:
    These 2 yards adjoin the Petting Kraal. The first is visible across a small moat along Nairobi Walk, the second is visible through several small windows in a fence in the Petting Kraal:
    Empty (recently contained a young Greater One-horned Rhinoceros and a young Ankole Cattle)
    Unsigned (I saw Red River Hog)

    Petting Kraal:
    Gone are the days when this yard contained exotic hoofstock for petting. Now it contains:
    Domesticated Goats (including Pygmy Goat, Nubian Goat, and Boer Goat)

    Bats:
    One of only a handful of indoor exhibits at the park, this house is entered by visitors to view a room behind harp wire containing:
    Rodrigues Fruit Bat

    Smaller yard between Nairobi Walk and Lagoon Loop:
    Cavendish's Dik-dik

    Larger yard between Nairobi Walk and Lagoon Loop:
    Red River Hog

    Yard viewed from boardwalk on Mombasa Lagoon:
    Eastern Yellow-backed Duiker

    Small aviary on edge of Mombasa Lagoon:
    Malay Great Argus Pheasant
    Red-knobbed Hornbill

    Mombasa Lagoon:
    This large lake at the heart of Nairobi Village is a waterfowl paradise; the inhabitants can utilize its watery expanse as well as two small islands, several boulder and twig perches, and its shoreline as well as the surrounding walkways of Lagoon Loop. In fact, much of the perimeter is not contained so most of the waterfowl could be considered free-ranging in the village, although pinioned. Numerous species of native wild waterfowl also enjoy the scenic setting, but the official captive species are:
    African Darter
    Bar-headed Goose
    Common Shelduck
    Coscoroba Swan
    Mandarin Duck
    Orinoco Goose
    Pink-backed Pelican
    Red-crested Pochard
    South African Shelduck
    Swan Goose
    White-breasted Cormorant
    White-faced Whistling Duck

    Island in Mombasa Lagoon near Mombasa Cooker dining area:
    Since one species of impressive waterfowl seems to be confined to one of the islands in Mombasa Lagoon, I will consider it a separate exhibit although any of the other species can visit:
    Shoebill Stork

    Lorikeet Landing:
    This is a large walk-through aviary for feeding nectar to:
    Rainbow Lorikeet

    2 small adjoining aviaries near Hidden Jungle:
    The first contains:
    Congo Peafowl
    Great Blue Turaco

    The second contains:
    Bearded Barbet
    Madagascar Crested Ibis
    Marbled Teal
    Red-billed Pintail
     
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    GORILLA FOREST: (21 Exhibits)

    Hidden Jungle:
    This complex consists of an entry cave with exhibits for reptiles and amphibians and invertebrates followed by two large walk-through aviaries contained in a tall temperature-controlled glassed-in greenhouse with barrel-vaulted roofs. The aviaries are the location for the park's annual temporary Butterfly Jungle exhibit. The cave features 17 tiny-sized to small-sized wall terrariums, each containing one species:
    White-eyed Assassin Bug
    Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
    Emperor Scorpion
    Tropical Girdled Lizard
    Angolan Python
    Empty
    African Giant Millipede
    Golden Mantella
    Madagascar Tree Boa
    Mali Uromastyx
    Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
    Banded Velvet Gecko
    Horned Baboon Tarantula
    Fort Hall Baboon Tarantula
    Mombassa Golden Starburst Tarantula
    Empty
    Emperor Scorpion

    The first walk-though aviary contains:
    African Fire-finch
    African Pygmy Goose
    Beautiful Sunbird
    Black-cheeked Lovebird
    Blue-capped Cordon-bleu
    Lavender Waxbill
    Long-tailed Paradise-whydah
    Magpie Mannikin
    Melba Finch
    Northern Red Bishop
    Pin-tailed Whydah
    Pink Pigeon
    Purple Grenadier
    Red-crested Turaco
    Speckled Mousebird

    The second walk-through aviary contains:
    Abdim's Stork
    Black Heron
    Eastern Hammerkop
    Green Woodhoopoe
    Hottentot Teal
    Long-toed Lapwing
    Old World Comb Duck
    Red-capped Cardinal
    Reichenow's Helmeted Guineafowl
    Ross's Turaco
    Speckled Mousebird
    Superb Starling
    White-headed Buffalo Weaver
    Yellow-crowned Gonolek
    Yellow-crowned Robin-chat

    Small aviary near Gorilla exhibit:
    White-fronted Bee-eater

    Gorilla Exhibit:
    Western Lowland Gorilla

    Benbough Amphitheater:
    This is NOT a permanent exhibit, but I did note the species I saw during the Frequent Flyers bird show, which features free-flight performers as well as a few token mammals (who do not fly):
    African Grey Parrot
    Andean Condor
    Cockatoo (not sure which species...Galah?)
    East African Crowned Crane
    Eurasian Eagle Owl
    Ferruginous Hawk
    Green-winged Macaw
    Lanner Falcon
    Rat (not sure which species...Norway?)
    Reichenow's Helmeted Guineafowl
    Red River Hog
    Sacred Ibis
    Scarlet Ibis
    Scarlet Macaw
    Secretary Bird
    Victoria Crowned Pigeon
    Vulturine Guineafowl
    Yellow-billed Hornbill

    Animal Encounter near Benbough Theater:
    This is NOT a permanent exhibit, but I did see an informal keeper presentation here featuring:
    Domestic Dog
    South African Cheetah
     
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    AFRICAN WOODS: (7 Exhibits)

    Lemur Walk:
    This large walk-through enclosure is closer to Nairobi Village and its higher elevation, but the map implies it is considered part of African Woods. It is composed of a wood-and-wire structure similar to a large aviary and contains:
    Ring-tailed Lemur

    African Woods yards:
    These 6 adjoining yards range from medium-sized to large-sized and were originally built as the upper section of the Heart of Africa exhibit complex. The current map has dropped the original name of the complex and split it into two zones: African Woods and African Outpost. It is interesting that Columbus Zoo's new African exhibit complex is called Heart of Africa now that this one is not! The yards of African Woods, in order as the trail descends in elevation, are:

    First yard:
    Bontebok

    Second (very large) yard:
    Eastern Giant Eland
    Sudan Red-fronted Gazelle

    Third yard:
    Hooded Vulture
    South African Shelduck
    Western Egyptian Vulture

    Fourth yard:
    Demoiselle Crane
    Kori Bustard
    Southern Gerenuk
    Western Red-flanked Duiker

    Fifth yard:
    East African Crowned Crane

    Sixth yard:
    Okapi
     
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    AFRICAN OUTPOST: (9 Exhibits)
    This zone continues the lower half of the former Heart of Africa exhibit complex, in a counter-clockwise direction around the lake at its center. The Jameson Research Island's small yard and interpretive center's aquarium appear to be abandoned as exhibits, no signs were visible.

    Medium-sized yard:
    European White Stork
    Kori Bustard
    Secretary Bird

    Medium-sized yard:
    Abyssinian Ground Hornbill

    Medium-sized yard:
    South African Bat-eared Fox
    Southern Warthog

    2-Island exhibit connected by ropes:
    Kikuyu Colobus

    Small shallow islands on left side of lake boardwalk:
    Lesser Flamingo

    Small shallow islands on right side of lake boardwalk:
    Abdim's Stork
    African Sacred Ibis
    (Also saw East African Crowned Crane)

    Long narrow yard :
    South African Cheetah

    Waterfall yard:
    Abdim's Stork
    East African Sitatunga
    Kori Bustard
    Southern Steenbok
    West African Crowned Crane
    Yellow-billed Stork

    Yard surrounded by Africa Tram roadway, adjacent to station:
    Lowland Nyala (no sign found but animals clearly visible)
     
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    Wow,first the zoo now the Safari Park. I applaud your efforts,this has got to be quite time consuming. Will you be including the Asian Plains exhibits as well?
     
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    A very interesting list so far; the layout seems as though it would be helpful for any visiting enthusiasts.

    Is this the right scientific name? ;)
     
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    Can't be. Got to be Nasua nasua (possible subspecies montana).
     
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    Shellheart,

    It is time-consuming for sure! Don't forget that zoochat member sandiegomaster posted this same thread theme for the park at the beginning of 2014 so you can have fun comparing the differences of the last year-and-a-half!

    I will not be posting a list of Asian Savanna field exhibit species since I did not buy one of the additional-charge safaris that are required to visit that area =(.
     
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    devilfish and jbnbsn99,

    I have a picture of the identification sign on my camera but I cannot upload it onto this computer currently. It says:

    "Mountain Coatimundi
    Nasuella olivacea
    Location
    High in the Andes Mountains north of Peru, South America
    Half Pints
    Mountain coatis are half the size of their cousins, weighing just 3 pounds (1.5 kilograms) when full grown.
    High Life
    These coatis live in the cloud forests and treeless paramos of the Andes Mountains. The climate is tropical, but the high altitude is challenging."

    There was another informational sign nearby in the shape of the continent and now I'm kicking myself for not taking a closeup picture of it too!
     
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    This is giving me an idea for an education session at the AZA Conference titled, "You Don't Have Mountain Coatis."
     
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    then you will be faced with a rebuttal entitled "Yes we do - the private pet keeper we bought them off told us so!"
     
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    Remarkable that the two arguably leading zoos organizations in North America now both have fallen in the "mountain coati" trap. First Central Park (part of WCS), now San Diego. Presumably both tricked by the so-called "mountain coatis" kept, bred and sold by some private keepers. The coatis in Chlidonias link aren't South American coatis of race montana either, but the standard South American coatis seen at many zoos. Compare these (misleadingly called "mountain coati" too, but here just the South American coati race).

    Not too long ago Rick J uploaded an excellent photo of the real mountain coati at Bioparque la Reserva in Colombia and as far as I know still the only place that has kept this species in recent years.

    Regardless, big thumbs up to geomorph for this work. Very nice to get all these details for the Safari Park, similar to what you did some time ago for the zoo.
     
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    Oh yeah,I'll definitely need to check that out! And I figured as much. I personally have never seen the Asian Savanna myself,I'm wondering if it's worth the extra charge.
     
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    AFRICAN PLAINS: (13 Exhibits)
    This zone is the one viewed almost entirely on the Africa Tram (approx. 25-30 minute ride) for general admission visitors. Since there are no identification signs for the field exhibits (except a partial list for one, see the zone called 'The Grove' later), this list is definitely not complete. The Africa Tram driver/announcer identifies species as they are seen and typically does not mention those that are not seen or those that are difficult to see/overshadowed by a larger group of a species that may be of greater interest. The following list is grouped by each field exhibit as they are encountered on the tram ride, and the species are those that the driver pointed out/mentioned or I saw during 4 rides on my visit.

    Yard surrounded by Africa Tram roadway, adjacent to station: this is the one with Lowland Nyala that the map considers part of African Outpost, so I am not including it as an exhibit here.

    Long narrow yard: this one contains South African Cheetah and is also part of African Outpost according to the map, so I am not including it as an exhibit here.

    East Africa field exhibit:
    Cape Buffalo
    East African Crowned Crane
    East African Sitatunga
    Fringe-eared Oryx
    Grant's Gazelle
    Kenya Impala
    Lake Victoria Defassa Waterbuck
    Marabou Stork
    Nile Lechwe
    Rothschild's Giraffe
    Southern White Rhinoceros
    Thomson's Gazelle
    Yellow-billed Stork

    Lakeshore exhibit:
    This exhibit does have an identification sign for pedestrians at a distant viewing area along the boardwalk in African Outpost:
    Greater Flamingo

    Former Black Rhinoceros field exhibit:
    This one will be renovated to hold Southern White Rhinoceros. It is currently:
    Empty

    South Africa field exhibit:
    Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
    Black Rhinoceros (confined to a boma, probably due to its former exhibit being empty, so this species is probably not intended to be in the main field exhibit here)
    Cape Buffalo
    Dalmatian Pelican
    Ellipsen Waterbuck
    Gemsbok
    Masai Giraffe
    Northern White Rhinoceros (only 1)
    Ostrich
    Patterson's Eland
    Pink-backed Pelican
    Sable Antelope
    Springbok
    Southern White Rhinoceros (only 1)
    White-bearded Gnu

    Large field exhibit on right side of tram, briefly seen:
    For most of the early years this exhibit contained Przewalski's Horse, but now contains:
    Ankole Cattle (bachelor)
    Grevy's Zebra
    Nile Lechwe (bachelors)
    White-bearded Gnu (bachelor)

    Small marsh exhibit on right side of tram:
    Goliath Heron
    Western Ruppell's Vulture
    Yellow-billed Stork

    Field exhibit adjoining the small marsh exhibit on right side of tram:
    Nubian Soemmerring's Gazelle

    Field exhibit on right side of tram, below the Mountain exhibit:
    Somali Wild Ass

    Mountain exhibit:
    The tram does not travel near this steep rocky outcrop but it can be seen in the distance; the exhibit was not announced on my rides but one driver I talked to later said that the inhabitants remaining are:
    Barbary Sheep (bachelors)

    Field exhibit on lower (left) side of lake bridge:
    This exhibit had been described in the past as 'Central Africa' but I heard no mention of it this time.
    Greater Kudu
    Roan Antelope
    Uganda Kob

    Field exhibit on upper (right) side of lake bridge:
    All four trips on the ride yielded no identifications for this exhibit. I spoke with a driver later and confirmed that the waterfowl can cross under the bridge between the two field exhibits here, and that a few species I knew had been here in the past were still here:
    Dalmatian Pelican
    Red Lechwe
    Sudan Red-fronted Gazelle

    Field exhibit on left side of tram:
    For many years this exhibit held Greater Kudu to separate them from the rest of the South Africa field exhibit inhabitants, then for many years it held Grevy's Zebra. It now contains:
    Barbary Sheep

    North Africa field exhibit:
    Ankole Cattle
    Addax
    Barbary Red Deer
    Bontebok (bachelor)
    Scimitar-horned Oryx
    Sudan Red-fronted Gazelle (bachelor)

    Lion Camp: this exhibit for African Lion is shown on the map as being in its own zone, so I am not including it as an exhibit here.
     
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    LION CAMP: (1 Exhibit)
    African Lion
     
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    THE GROVE: (0 Exhibits)
    There are no exhibits in this zone, but it features Kilima Point, a viewpoint next to the huge East Africa field exhibit of the African Plains seen on the Africa Tram ride. It also allows views to the distant huge North Africa field exhibit of the African Plains seen on the same ride. In addition, the Asian Savanna field exhibits can be seen in the distance which are only viewed closely by some of the upcharge Caravan Safaris, Cart Safaris, and Flightline Safari. I spotted Javan Banteng, Indian Gaur, Przewalski's Horse (in their own large field exhibit), and a few species of deer and sheep. Kilima Point does have identification signs for some of the animals in the adjacent East Africa field exhibit:
    East African Crowned Crane
    East African Sitatunga
    Fringe-eared Oryx
    Giraffe (no subspecies identified, but from Africa Tram ride they are Rothschild's)
    Grant's Gazelle
    Kenya Impala
    Lake Victoria Defassa Waterbuck
    Marabou Stork
    Nile Lechwe
    Southern White Rhinoceros
    Thomson's Gazelle
    Yellow-billed Stork
     
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    ELEPHANT VALLEY: (1 Exhibit)
    This large exhibit is actually two yards that can be joined through a gated passage, plus a small yard within Tembo Stadium (for elephant demonstrations although none were presented during my visit).
    African Elephant
     
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    TIGER TRAIL: (3 Exhibits)
    This is the newest exhibit complex at the park, opened in 2014. All 3 exhibits contain:
    Sumatran Tiger