Zoo: Jungle Bells is Here

The Jungle Bells sign beckons onlookers to enter.

For the past several years, the Zoological Society of San Diego has featured its main holiday events at the San Diego Zoo. This comes after years of hosting the Festival of Lights at the Wild Animal Park, as it was called at the time. Read on for tales of holiday cheer and extended hours.

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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

Zoo: Animal Superstars Tweet-Up Video

Here is the video from the most recent tweet-up event at the San Diego Zoo.

I will follow up soon with photos and some more information about the animals featured and the event in general. Enjoy!

Update: the photos, along with brief descriptions of the action are now online.

Zoo: Children’s Zoo Pt. 2 – Activities

The Petting Paddock brings you up close to a variety of barnyard animals.

The first part of my guide to the Ione and Paul Harter’s Children’s Zoo at the San Diego Zoo was teased as evidence that the area isn’t just for kids. While that’s certainly true, there is also a very family-friendly atmosphere at the Children’s Zoo that many parents should take advantage of. Hands-on interactions, learning opportunities and places to burn off some energy abound. Read on to find out more. Continue reading

Zoo: Children’s Zoo Pt. 1 – Animals

A scarlet macaw interacts with guests at the Children's Zoo.

This is the first part of what will be a multi-part, comprehensive guide to the Ione and Paul Harter’s Children’s Zoo at the San Diego Zoo. Many of you may be wondering why the Children’s Zoo needs a comprehensive guide. One reason is that it’s a pretty big area that has many diverse attractions. The more important reason is that adults with no children routinely skip the Children’s Zoo because they assume there is nothing for them there. Read on to find out what you may have been missing. Continue reading

New At The Zoo: August 2011

Zoo visitors photograph the North Chinese leopard in its new home.

This month’s episode of “New At The Zoo” recaps a largely quiet month at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, outside of the opening of Panda Trek. Following a flurry of zoo births in spring and early summer, the dog days of summer brought a few new, low-profile additions to the zoo family. Read on for my Panda Trek video, baby warthogs and more. Continue reading