Original post: Day 49: Strange creature overload
I visited the San Diego Zoo this summer and saw all sorts of animals I never thought I’d see. Click the link above for my original post, with photos of a panda, koala, hippo, elephant, zebra, rhino, tiger, bear, monkey, camel, giraffe, and komodo dragon.
That list only scratches the surface of all the animals I saw, so here comes another batch of pics. Click the thumbnails for the large versions.
A nifty pic I took while standing inside the koala exhibit looking out (not really, it just looks that way.)
This was cool – a living desert. They brought in a bunch of plant species from Madagascar.
They have polar bears at the San Diego Zoo! Skinny, weird-looking polar bears.
The cheetah was kept behind a pane of glass.
There was a peacock just wandering around loose throughout the zoo grounds.
This is something called the guanaco, a relative of the llama.
These things are called chacoan peccaries. The sign referred to them as “ice age relics.” They huddled together in this ditch since it was a cold day.
Another panda, playing in his pen.
A huge orangutan snacks on cabbage while kids look on.
Some sort of yellow snake.
They had donkeys we were allowed to pet. I did, and it was filthy. I had to immediately find a bathroom to clean my hands.
There was one scary, large black cat, a jaguar or puma. But it stayed back in its cage. I was only able to get this picture of the cat behind the fence.
These were called Bornean bearded pigs.
A few turtles were in a tank next to the hippo tank.
I think the San Diego Zoo has spoiled me for all other zoos, forever.