To celebrate July 4th, I decided to take a trip to the San Diego Zoo to experience the opening day of their new Reptile Walk area. While there, I tried to remember what I had done on July 4th the previous year. Oddly enough, I did the exact same thing. I went to the zoo that day to take photos of the zoo’s old reptile and amphibian houses for a post about their collection of tropical frogs. Strange how things work out. Anyhow, read on to view the slideshow of the zoo’s newest attraction.
The Garden Festival was a recent weekend-long event at the San Diego Zoo to bring the flora and fauna of our backyard into the spotlight, hosted over Mother’s Day weekend. There where many booths lined up along Front Street that were offering gardening tips, hands-on demonstrations and special sales. Special behind-the-scenes experiences offered tours of the zoo’s extensive collection of vegetation from around the globe. The zoo also decided to organize a tweet-up for their loyal Twitter followers, but what was the subject matter?
Read on to find out.
When I first conceived of this blog about a year ago, I envisioned cruising around the zoo and Safari Park and returning home to update readers about new comings and goings. I’ve done a bit of this, but I’ve also spent a lot of time highlighting specific areas and/or experiences for people who have never been to the zoo. This will be the first of a new type of entry that will read more like a trip journal than would a comprehensive guide to, oh I dunno, the Children’s Zoo. Read on for what I discovered this weekend.
To celebrate the opening of the annual, month-long Butterfly Jungle event, the Safari Park had planned to host a special preview exclusive to Twitter followers with cool insect experiences and a private stroll amongst the butterflies. However, something, something, Of Mice And Men and plans.
Rather than going down a week before the event was opened to the public, the tweet-up was postponed until Sunday, April 1 at 5 p.m. Since Butterfly Jungle was already accessible to anyone with park admission, the plan was to still offer some up-close bug encounters and maybe a little education from the Safari Park’s wonderful and knowledgeable keepers. However, something, something, Of Mice And Men and plans again.
Maybe it was because 100 freaking people showed up! There were like seven people that attended the Cheetah Run Tweet-Up last June––and three of them were in my group. Seriously, we were two feet away from a cheetah. No offense to butterflies, but c’mon …
So since the aviary was teeming with people, the education and stick insect ogling didn’t happen. Instead, we got to enjoy Butterfly Jungle without too much of a wait. Scroll down for some photos, and read last year’s entry for more details (my first post!).
On your way out, check out the official photo contest on the SP’s Facebook page with images that are far, far, far better than mine.
I went to Elephant Odyssey last weekend and I noticed some new statues. Most of them are pretty straight forward, but this one seems like a strange choice. In case you can’t make it out, the prehistoric-looking leopard is looming on a rock right above the pronghorn exhibit, about to pounce inside. One pronghorn is watching at all times.