Archive for the ‘Zoo’ Category

Zoo: Reptile Walk Opening Day

The signage for the San Diego Zoo’s newly opened Reptile Walk.

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. Continue reading

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Zoo: Garden Fest Tweet-Up

Zookeeper Kelli balances a female New Guinea stick insect while pointing out the males on display.

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.

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Zoo: Australian Outback and More

Clearly one of Asia's finest, a domestic Bactrian camel.

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.

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Zoo: An Intimidating New Statue

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.

Zoo: Feeding the Giraffes

Feeding the Masai giraffes at the San Diego Zoo.

In all of my many trips to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, one thing I had yet to do was feed the giraffes. I had always intended on it, but it just never seemed to materialize. Last weekend, I finally made it happen. Read on for the ins and outs of giraffe feeding.

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Zoo: Festival of Flight Tweet-Up

Once again, Twitter followers of the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park were treated to a unique backstage experience. The tweet-up was part of the larger Festival of Flight event that took place over Veteran’s Day weekend. It included interactive activities, learning booths and tons of close encounters with birds from around the world. Watch the video above, then read on to see photos and get a better idea of what you’re seeing. Continue reading

Zoo: Animal Superstars Tweet-Up Photos

Yours truly filming Phu Ket and ZooKeeper Rick. Photo by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Global Photographer.

Last week, I posted a video of some of the highlights of the recent Animal Superstars Tweet-Up event at the San Diego Zoo. Today, I’ll try to give you a little better idea of what went on and what animals we were introduced to. If you haven’t watched the video yet, I highly recommend you do so. Once you have, read on for the inside scoop. Continue reading