Watching cheetahs up close and personal in the Safari Park. (San Diego Zoo Global / May 8, 2014)

-- The Lost Forest where the orangutans swing through the trees and you can see some of the rarest monkeys on Earth.

-- The enclosed aviaries where strange birds fly right by your face.

-- Africa Rocks where you can meet a snow leopard.

-- Discovery Outpost for Komodo dragons, the giant Galapagos tortoise.

-- The Urban Jungle that's home to the giraffe and cheetah.

-- Elephant Odyssey where besides elephants you'll see lions, jaguars and the California condor.

-- The Northern Frontier where besides the polar bears you can get face to face with a reindeer.

And more!

Got a new favorite animal?

(Eileen's Kid's Guide to San Diego will be available in the coming months, the latest in her Kids City Guides available from major booksellers and online. Follow @TakingtheKids on Twitter and Facebook and visit http://www.takingthekids.com.)

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