Wish we'd had a second day
This is one of the most famous zoos in the United States, and certainly it earns that reputation through the acquisition of many types of unusual animals and exhibits. We showed up first thing in the morning, which turned out to be a great idea because within an hour or so of the gates opening the place was absolutely heaving with people. We spent pretty much all day wandering around, and we still didn't get to see everything. My favourite exhibits were the pandas and the koalas, but really it's difficult to choose a favourite when everything is so fantastic. [more ]
San Diego Zoo
I love pandas. I love everything about them, from their black and white fur to their funny patchwork eyes. But for some reason, I always thought that pandas do nothing else except sit on the ground and eat bamboo. And let National Geographic photographers take their pictures.
But it seems I was wrong.
Pandas, especially babies, are very very active. They even swing from branches. And if I hadn't been to San Diego Zoo, I would never have known this.
San Diego Zoo is in... well, San Diego. The San Diego on the west coast of North America (as opposed to the 150 or so other towns in the world called San Diego - if you don't believe me, do a quick search here on Cosmotourist). It is one of the best places I have been to see rare and intriguing wildlife from every corner of the world (although I didn't realise a globe had corners).
There are over 4000 animals at the zoo. These include all sorts of bears, big cats, and apes. A lot of these animals are so rare that you won't see them at any other zoo in the world. Or even in the wild (which is probably a good thing, because I wouldn't want to run into some of them while alone in the bush in some foreign country. Zoos are much safer, thank you very much).
But it is the pandas that I will always remember. They have had a few born in the zoo now, which is a feat you don't hear about often. And the babies are just so darned cute.
San Diego Zoo is open from 9am till 4pm, and costs $23 adults and $15 children. [more ]
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