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San Diego Zoo & More (Photos Added)

We visit the San Diego Zoo in 1/2 a day

overcast 65 °F

Funny weather down here, it has rained off and on, but while we were at the zoo it stayed overcast and dry. This was actually pretty nice, if the sun had been out it would have been pretty hot.

We spent about 1/2 day at the San Diego Zoo on a Sunday and had a great time and took lots of pictures (of course). However the campground we stayed in last night (17 miles east of San Diego in the hills) had NO cell phone service, so I'm updating the blog a little late.

First I realized the Zoo was in between where we were driving down from LA from and the RV Park I planned to stay in, and the Zoo's web site said there was plenty of RV parking available. Hmm, not sure what they meant by that - but we did manage to drive the RV into the Zoo's parking lot and found room way back by a couple of buses. Unfortunately it was very steep so I had to shut the fridge off for the day - but there doesn't seem to be any long term damage from that (melted ice cream).

The parking was free - but that's about the only thing that was. This is a fairly expensive zoo to visit. Throughout our visit various zoo employees expressed how much they appreciated all of us spending money there to support their conservation efforts.

My pictures of the zoo enterance didn't come out that good, so I'll just let you know what we did. First we decided to take one of their double decker tour buses around the zoo. Some people told me it would take several days to go through this zoo and I was only going to spend a half day there - so I figured the bus tour would give us an overview at least.


I took a lot of pictures from the bus, many of them didn't come out very well - but a few were 'keepers'. The bus tour lasted about 35 minutes, after which I decided to rent an electric scooter for Mom. She's turning 86 in June and has had difficulty walking for several years now. Before they let her take off, the attendent required her to take a driving class...


By this time, it was past lunch time so we headed to the Sydney Cafe, which several people had recommended. (Warning - a 'you were there' photo, for those who hate vacation photo's just skip ahead...).


Now to the Zoo itself - it is very large and has a lot of animals. Rather then bore you with pages and pages of animal photos, I'll insert a bunch of thumbnails in here that you can expand if you want. Sometimes I took pictures of the zoo signs, so can identify the animals - the rest are just to get a flavor of the many animals at the zoo. I think I heard it is the third largest zoo in the world?

First the Animals:


A couple of snakes (we didn't see that many, perhaps because we skipped some sections of the zoo - also didn't see many primates although they had a very large primate section):


There were quite a few birds of various sorts. Many were part of the zoo's exhibits, but manly also just flew in to take advantage of the zoo's bird feedings. (I just included the turtles here because they didn't really fit anywhere else?)


Although I think San Diego has a separate botonical gardens, the zoo seemed to include many different types of plants and took as much pride in their plant species that it almost seemed a botonical garden as well. I won't bore you with all my plant pic's (or all my pics of anything, although it may seem like I included everything) - but a couple are appropriate to get a feel for what the zoo includes:


Finally, we waited in line for a long, long time... (Mom of course had the difficult wait of sitting on her scooter)...


Then we got to see three giant panda's, an 8 month old cub, his mother, and in a separate cage, his father. Here are the cub and his mom:


This morning, after doing some laundry, we drove back to LA to 'meet' a long lost cousin for dinner in Pasadena. We just got back to the RV and will crash here (in LA) for the night.

Tomorrow we will drive up to Santa Barbara area. I made reservations to stay in a nice RV part there the rest of the week, so we should have plenty of time to update the blog as well as do some beach going, Solvang, etc.

I also made reservations at an RV campground in Morgan Hill (south of San Jose) for next week, so will be able to spend some quality time in the SF Bay Area.

Posted by jl98584 22:19 Archived in USA

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