You and your little monkeys are no stranger to the animals and exhibits at the San Francisco Zoo, but there’s a few reasons to head over there you may not know about. Baby animals, cool play spaces and a trip to a South American rainforest are all on the daily roster. Read on for the scoop on what’s new at the zoo.

francois langur baby sf zoo Photo: Marianne Hale 

New Babies
Stop by the Francois langur exhibit and keep your eyes out for the adorable new addition: a baby Francois langur is hanging out, usually seen cuddling with his mama. You’ll spot him by his cute orange head. The adults have dark fur, so although very small, he’ll still stand out. There’s also a new member to the lion pride: a cub was born in August! Although the Lion House is currently closed to the public to allow mother and cub as much bonding time as possible, be on the look out this winter for the new cub on exhibit.

south american building sf zooPhoto: Amber Guetebier

South American Tropical Aviary
Completely remodeled and open this July, the new South American Tropical Aviary features free flying birds, dozens of reptiles and amphibians and even a resident sloth duo. There’s terrariums full of carnivorous plants (provided by California Carnivores) to peek in, and even a little tunnel where the kiddos can gaze up through a waterfall. Be sure and grab a animal guide info card and see what you can spot.

SF Zoo Sculpture Learning Plaza - San Francisco, CaPhoto: Amber Guetebier

Sculpture Learning Plaza
This brand new addition to the SF Zoo will leave animal lovers in awe. This exhibit is where visitors can get handsy with animals and explore life-like sculptures. Some statues even have realistic textures, which will satisfy curious kids all around. And as an added bonus, it’s located right next to the Elinor Friend Children’s Playground.

Update: The Little Puffer train is back on track and waiting for your little passengers to hop aboard. Keep your eyes out for the dinosaurs along the trip!

Sloat Boulevard and the Great Highway
San Francisco, Ca
415-753-7080
Online: sfzoo.org

What’s your favorite thing to do at the SF Zoo? Let us know in the comments below. 

—Amber Guetebier