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Friday, September 28, 2012

A Few Images From Last Weekend at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

It's been a pretty hectic past 2 weeks, with lots going on. I figured if I was going to keep this blog in more or less chronological order I had better put up the shots from last weekend before I got to this coming weekend. Of course, I still have to put up the Seattle trip shots from earlier in September. With any luck those will go up later this weekend.

In the meantime, here are a few images from the San Diego Zoo on Saturday and the Zoo's Safari Park (formerly known as the Wild Animal Park) on Sunday.

Gao Gao the male Panda was just hanging out. Usually I see him munching away on some bamboo, but he was taking a break when I got there on Saturday.


I spent most of my time at the Malayan Tigers, but when I first got there this was the best I could see of the 2 brothers.


They weren't even visible at all from the 3 "official" viewing areas, but I found a spot along the trail where you can just see over the rock wall at the right angle to see them when they're at the top of the enclosure. I wound up spending a fair amount of time helping other people get a glimpse of these 2. You might think that at least the only way it could go was to get better - but that would not be the case. For a while, this is most I could see. You really had to know where and what to look for, and have something with a fair amount of magnification too.


After quite a while the wait became worth it, when they finally came partway down the hill. The fence in the background is pretty ugly, but there's nothing to do about that.



Click here to see a few more images from the San Diego Zoo on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

On Sunday I joined some new friends for a walk around the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park in Escondido. This used to be called the Wild Animal Park, and I still mostly call it that out of habit.

They have a new baby Elephant.


I got some nice views of the Lioness.


One of the keepers let us get up close and personal with a couple of these guys, I think they are called Sitatungas.


Right by the entrance / exit there are these really cool crested-something-or-other birds. Next time I go back I'll remember to write down the name.


Click here to see a few more images from the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park on Sunday, September 23, 2012.
     

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