The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is inviting guests to celebrate the region’s abundant wildlife this Earth Day weekend April 22–23. Engaging activities and educational opportunities during the Wild Weekend: Southwest event will highlight local biodiversity, connect guests to current conservation efforts across San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s Southwest Conservation Hub and educate visitors about how they can contribute to habitat preservation locally.
Home to vibrant ecoregions—from breezy coastlines to rugged mountains—San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s Southwest Conservation Hub spans California, Arizona, Nevada and Northern Mexico. A team of conservation scientists work with local partners to identify and address regional threats to wildlife through research, wildlife health best practices and community outreach. Together, they protect key species—including mountain lions, western burrowing owls, Quino checkerspot butterflies, desert tortoises, Pacific pocket mice and Torrey pines—through comprehensive recovery efforts that leverage cutting-edge technology.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance also supports local biodiversity through conservation work across the Safari Park’s Biodiversity Reserve, a 900-acre expanse of native coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitat that is home to many local species.