I have some unfortunate and outrageous news that needs to be shared. The San Diego Zoological Society is looking to change the name of the beloved Wild Animal Park to the "San Diego Zoo's Safari Park." They are going have the marketing tag-line be, "Wild at Heart." I have confirmed this with several sources at the WAP and they are beginning to have employee meetings to inform everyone working there. According to those same sources, the park is going to transition away from focusing on conservation and the animals, and begin focusing more of the "adventures" that are offered, such as the upcharge zip-lines and Segway tours.
This change in focus is completely insane considering the facility was founded to help endangered species breed and teach conservation to the public. In the last several years, they discontinued the extremely popular (and free!) WGASA Monorail for the upcharge Journey into Africa Tour using large (and loud) parking lot trams. Because of this change, the Asian enclosure with many endangered species cannot be seen unless you take the upcharge Segway tour ($80/person). To give people more thrills, they built an upcharge zip-line attraction ($70/person). What is next, an upcharge rollercoaster?!?
In addition to the change in focus, the name change could cost millions of dollars that could go towards helping endangered species, or improving the existing facilities at the Wild Animal Park. As a member of the Zoological Society, I do not wish my dues and donations be wasted on this name change.
What can you do to help? Please contact the Zoological Society and let them know what you think about this name change. Their phone number for the Customer Service office is: (619) 718-3000 or (800) 407-9534.
You can also contact them via their website at: San Diego Zoo.org
Only with the support of the public does it look like we will be able to change the minds of the Zoological Society administration and save the Wild Animal Park. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.