The Wild Animal park is a partner with the San Diego Zoo. You might find the Zoo has a larger variety of animals while the Wild Animal park hosts a few more of the bigger animals. But you would see them at a distance here. The admission is roughly the same price here as the Zoo, so really it is your preference. The lions are really the treat here with a nice pair of sisters that you can watch through a plexiglas window very very close up. They seem to enjoy the attention. The male lion roars once in a while and it can be quite impressive.