One day is not enough! I'm not sure a week would be enough. The San Diego Zoo is one of my favorite places to visit and my recent trip did not disappoint. The zoo is huge so you just have to start somewhere.
There are metal sculptures tucked among trees and bushes, sitting on logs and posts. It's a nice contrast with the animals. Exhibits throughout show prehistoric and modern changes in environment and animals.
The habitats for the animals are as 'real' as they can be made given the amount of land available. I talked to a guide for a while and she explained some of the research the zoo is doing in other countries. They have a program that helps save the elephants in Africa by offering a living wage to poachers with the understanding that instead of poaching they will help track the elephants and work with the zoo program. I was impressed with the amount of conservation research they do.
Here are just a few photos for you to enjoy!
|Family of Slender-tailed Meerkats|
|Maned 'Wolf'-South America|
|Southern Gerenuks -Tanzania|
|Snow Leopard - high elevations of Central Asia|
|Electus Parrot - Indonesia|
|Victoria crowned Pigeon - New Guinea|
|Tree Trunk - great pattern!|