We spent a fair amount of time at Balboa Park. They have the largest outdoor organ there.
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The second was the A-12 OXCART. This was the “big brother” in the Blackbird family, my second favorite vehicle made of titanium.
The A-12/SR-71/M-21/YF-12 were made of titanium, making them my second favorite vehicle made in that material.
The centerpiece was the Africa section. There was a tram tour around the main enclosures that was over two miles long. They said that the main zoo could fit in this area alone. Walking up to this section, I was astonished. Where I’m sued to seeing at most three or four of some animals, there were many, walking across a field. From one section, view was as though I was on the African plains (give or take a palm tree).
Taking a nap is Nola, one of their two Northern White Rhinoceroses.
Another area allowed some birds to fly among the visitors, though I think this one was confused. This one landed on a railing, and looked down as if to say, “so, where are these exotic birds I keep hearing about?”
All in all, we had a great time at an amazing zoo!
A few days after going to the San Diego Zoo, we went to the Wild Animal Park. This is another campus about thirty miles north of the main zoo. Here, they have larger enclosures. There will be another post about that in a bit. However, as soon as we walked in, we discovered we had just enough time to make the Cheetah Tales show. As we are all big cheetah fans, my family made haste to get there.
Her trainers made sure she got a “bloodcycle,” a frozen combination of water and cow’s blood. Sounds gross, but I’m not a cat. Amara seemed to really like it. I’ve read about this at other cat rescue centers.
Like many cheetah cat ambassadors, Amara was partnered with a dog, specifically an anatolian shepherd. The dog acts as a “security blanket” for a cat who’s instincts make her skittish around potential predators (the audience).
Anatolian shepherds in particular are used as part of cheetah conservation programs. The dogs are provided to shepherds. The dog barks, scaring cheetahs away from their flock, and removing a reason the shepherds might go after the cats.
One of the things I was particularly keen on seeing was the San Diego Zoo. They are said to have one of the better zoos in the country.
At one enclosure, they were commenting that they just put a housecat in the zoo. This was an Arabian Wildcat, Felis silvestris gordoni. In a way, they were right. A modern taxonomy of the house cat has it as Felis silvestris catus, simply a different subspecies of wildcat. Makes me look at my cats a little differently.
Do you suppose the camel knows perl?
This was the first of two campuses the San Diego Zoo had…the second one came later in the week….
We just got back from a vacation in San Diego, California. We had a great time, even if it was gray the whole time we were in the city itself.
Expect to see several posts over the next several days. I took 1,241 photos, so it will take a bit of sorting. Howver, I wanted to at least put something by way of introduction.