Have you herd? “Elephant Valley” coming to San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2025

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance hopes the new savanna-like environment makes strides for conservation of the species.

SD San Diego Zoo Safari Park Elephant Valley rendering

A vision of the future Denny Sanford Elephant Valley.

Artist rendering via San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

There’s an elephant in the room — or rather, in a “dynamic savanna” being built in the heart of San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA) announced its vision yesterday for the new Denny Sanford Elephant Valley, a reimagined habitat for its family of African savanna elephants.

SDZWA said it’s the largest “transformative project” in the park’s 50-year history and aims to give guests a deeper appreciation for the currently endangered species.

SD San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Safari Park elephants

The elephants at Safari Park are getting an upgrade to their home.

Per the park’s website, the immersive experience will allow visitors to walk beside the elephants, “Together, on common ground.”

It’ll feature the sights, smells, sounds, and plants of the African grasslands, an overhead walkway with views of herds passing through, and a two-story lodge where educators will lead discussions on the species and wildlife conservation.

The project is expected to be completed in 2025. For now, current elephant viewing areas at Safari Park may be limited.