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Saturday, April 11, 2020

A Little Different Kind of Zoo Animal

Last June we spent a few hours at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park.  It was cloudy that morning, so I took advantage of the fairly flat light to get some photos of these otherwise hard to capture zoo animals . . . sort of.

There were Lions . . .

There were Tigers . . . 

And even Bears.

The Fishing Cat was pretty cool . . .

. . . And so was the Cheetah.

They even had a Red Panda . . . 

. . . and a Giant Panda.

Click here to see a more images from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in June of 2019, mostly of the carousel animals, and a few flowers too.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Amur Leopards - San Diego Zoo

I got to spend some quality time with the Amur Leopards at the San Diego Zoo earlier this year.

They were enjoying an early lunch when I got there.

Click here to see a few more images of the Amur Leopards at the San Diego Zoo on June 15, 2019.

Mandrills - San Diego Zoo - June 2019

Here are a few images of the family of Mandrills that live at the San Diego Zoo.

Click here to see a few more images of the Mandrill family at the San Diego Zoo on June 15, 2019.

The J. Paul Getty Museum - Los Angeles, California

Here are a few images from the J. Paul Getty Museum taken earlier this year.  For me, the architecture and grounds are as impressive as the collections.

We had dinner in the Getty Restaurant, which is excellent.  This is what we shared for dessert, a deconstructed lemon tart.

Click here to see a few more images from our trip to the J. Paul Getty Museum in August of 2019.

The Book of Beasts - Getty Museum, Los Angeles

We drove up to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles earlier this year to check out an exhibition of illuminated manuscripts called The Book of Beasts.

We were there for the closing weekend of the exhibit, but there are always lots of great things to see at the Getty.

Click here to see more images from this set.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

San Diego Zoo - June 9, 2019

Not just tigers this time, although I will start with both Cinta and Berani (in that order), since I pretty much always start a day at the San Diego Zoo with a visit to the Malayan Tigers.

Found some cool looking flowers.

There was a new baby Giraffe.

Click here to see a few more images from the San Diego Zoo on June 9, 2019.

Mek Degong - Malayan Tiger - San Diego Zoo - May 26, 2019

The story of Malayan Tiger Mek Degong is a bit fuzzy.  It looks like she came to the US sometime in 2003, after being captured by Malayan authorities.  Over the years I've heard several variations of the story as to why she was captured, it seems she was either scaring villagers by getting too close, or eating the villagers' livestock, or eating the villagers.  Who knows?  At least she wasn't killed, either by authorities or poachers, and she ended up in San Diego.  I have photos of her going way back on this blog, including her litter of three cubs in 2009, then Christopher and Connor in 2011.  You could say that she is the "mother of all tigers" because she is in fact the mother of all of the other tigers at the San Diego Zoo right now.
Mek moved from San Diego up to Fresno in late 2013, where she had four more cubs in January of 2014, bringing the total up to 11.  Two of those cubs, the males Cinta and Berani, have been here in San Diego since November of 2014.  There are lots of pictures of the two of them on this blog.
Fresno Zoo is apparently going to renovate its tiger habitat and so . . . Mek is back in San Diego.  Here are a few pictures from one of Mek's first days out in the large enclosure.

They are not even sure exactly how old Mek is, so they are using the assumption that she is 20 this year, which makes her a fairly old cat.  Still, she is quite quick and alert, and from what I saw yesterday, still fairly aggressive and loud.

Click here to see more pictures of Mek Degong, one of the Malayan Tigers at the San Diego Zoo.    
All images in this post were taken with a Fujifilm X-T2 and XF55-200mm lens.

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Header image: Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, Cibola, Arizona. End image: Downtown San Diego, California skyline from Coronado Island. Profile picture: Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho, by Heather Baiamonte.