Animals, animals and more animals

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End Sep 01, 2012

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What I did

Flag of United States  , California
Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Zoo opened at 9am and we were there at 9:05 prepared to spend a day enjoying the sights. We didn't end up leaving until just before closing at 6pm. During that time we had a wonderful day. Despite a couple of stops for lunch, we did not stop walking and viewing for the entire day.
While we have mixed feelings about zoos in general, San Diego certainly deserves its reputation as one of the top zoos in the world. It is an amazing location which is tucked right in the heart of a suburb and then bam, all of a sudden, you are in the parking lot and this amazing setting. It is not just a zoo for housing animals, but contributes massively to conservation and protection of a range of species. San Diego Zoo is one of the only zoos in the world to have success with their Giant Panda breeding, they have helped re-establish California Condors, have the only elephant care house that is always open to the public and.....much, much more than I can remember at this point. Almost all of the animals appeared relaxed and healthy and provided with constant stimulation and enrichment programs. As well, they have worked hard with the plantings in the zoo which complements the diet of the herbivorous animals. An example of this care is the fact that they grow on the zoo property the bamboo for the Giant Pandas.
We were all impressed with the vivid colors of the flamingos, Eli loved the snakes and otters (he finally got to see a King Cobra), Jess loved the Giant Pandas and the Polar Bears, Tim all of the Bears and Lily the big cats. Despite the $5.00 ice creams, it certainly was a worthwhile and thoroughly stimulating day. We got to ride back and forth on the Sky Gondola, had a 40 minute tour through the zoo on a double decker bus and even saw a short film in a 4D theater where we felt the snot of a dinosaur hit us on the face when it sneezed! One highlight (funny tidbit) was when we were riding on the double decker bus and as we passed an enclosure of monkeys, one of the males walked over to one of the females and began to copulate! The bus and Eli burst into giggles and fits of laughter. But, Eli, bless his innocence and between outbursts of giggles said: "Dad, that one is trying to push the other one off the branch!" What a day...It is best to let the pictures speak for themselves.
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