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Safari Park at San Diego Zoo

Friday, June 06, 2014

On Wednesday we went to Escondido and went through the Safari Park, which is part of the San Diego Zoo although located a little further away. Since I'm confused on where everything is I won't go into more detail LOL. But it was great! Too much to take in during one day, at least for us. We got tired! But it was so interesting.

One on the first things we just happened to run into when we entered the park was this beautiful big Eurasian Eagle Owl! I loved it!

We headed to the tram first and got in line for the next tram after this. Wait wasn't long and I could see some great things from here we were at. Unfortunately I don't know the names of all the animals near the tram and didn't get to see the signs that told us what they were as far as exact names. But I loved seeing them anyway.

The striped colors help them be camouflaged but the males don't have the same coloring and aren't so lucky.

I forgot the name of this hippo, but she is 17 months pregnant. So glad I didn't have to be pregnant that long!

And of course the giraffes. The whole area is designed to be their own Serengeti and quite a bit of space in spite of the fact it's in a park. This also helps with the breeding. A space that's too confined can reduce or eliminate the mating.

The tram ride was about 30 minutes and there was a lot more to see but I can't post everything. Next after we got off the tram we went to see the lions. The cub was off by itself and later the parents would be put in with the cub.

Mama was right inside a window where I could get a good picture!

There are two smaller gorillas here wrestling while the male looks on. Reminds me of boys I've known!

Mama was in the shade in a rock hole with a baby

My friend Lynda asked the name of this bird and the woman working told her but I can't remember what it was. But I've never seen anything like it. Very interesting face I thought.

We saw the tigers in their areas too. They fascinate me. Course I want protection between me and them since I don't know them well enough to make friends up close and personal!

We visited the condor ridge too. I have a few pictures from a few years ago when I got some pictures by the ocean of wild condors on Highway 1 in CA. They were so awesome! They are endangered and the ones I saw a few years ago and the ones in here are numbered.

There were some bighorn sheep in that area too.

Saw a couple of bald eagles too

There was so much more we saw also, including the elephants, various birds, vending stores, a bird show called Frequent Flyers that was great, and others but I can't put everything on here. This area also has a lot of ups and downs, much more than the zoos I've been too that are much more flat in various cities. I got about 30 floors on my fitbit there plus 6 or 7 miles. Hope you enjoyed what I could post.
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    I love to visit zoos. That seems like a very nice one - and, as usual, your pictures are great!
    1763 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    emoticon I love Wild Life, I especially loved the picture of the Owl, he was a beauty, all the other pictures were great, thanks for sharing the photo's you took on your visit to the Zoo, I so enjoyed... emoticon Linda and God Bless...
    1772 days ago
    FABULOUS!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1777 days ago
    What a great zoo, and looks like you had a terrific time!
    1781 days ago
    Hi Linda,

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing. The San Diego zoo looks like it is well designed.

    Sometimes I think I live in a zoo.

    Fortunately, we do not have tigers around here. But we have bears, mountain lions, bobcats, mule deer, elk, moose, hawks, owls, golden eagles, red fox, kit fox, swift fox, beaver, buffalo, coyote (but who doesn't), wolverine, antelope, grey wolf, mountain goat, big horn sheep, pine marten, mink, pika, marmot, raccoon, muskrat, eighteen different types of squirrels, badgers, snowshoe hare, cottontail, Rufous and Ruby-throat hummingbirds, and sage grouse - just to name a few.

    I these are creatures that I have seen in the wild around my home. The Abert's squirrel is my favorite animal since I like squirrels and the Abert's squirrel only exists in isolated pockets in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. The isolated pocket in Colorado is my backyard!

    I have yet to see zebra, African lion or giraffe in my yard. However, if you want to go for a walk at dusk, it is best to take a gun. I have not shot an aggressive bear, wolf, coyote or mountain lion yet, but I have scared off a few with a loud bang from a revolver.

    Thanks, Bruce

    1783 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/7/2014 2:13:55 PM
    I've always heard that ths was a famous zoo. Now I see why! It's so cool to see the animals in what looks like a natural habitat instead of in a cage.
    1783 days ago
    Cool! I haven't been there for years. You got much better pics than I did.
    1784 days ago
    That was a cool trip! I love giraffes! So glad you're able to get around really well to enjoy all of it!
    1784 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the pictures! Looks awesome.
    1784 days ago
    Looks like you picked a good time to visit with so many of the animals active and visible. Thanks for sharing!
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    1784 days ago
    Up until recently, I had an unlimited year membership to both the zoo and here. It was fun to hike there on Sundays. Glad you enjoyed it.
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    1784 days ago
    Thank you for sharing! I think we went there in like '84. Maybe again one of these years with the kids.

    1784 days ago
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