Saturday, August 23, 2008

San Diego Wild Life Park

We hit the Wild Life Park today where you ride the tram around for a tour of the animal habitats and then there are some walk around areas too.

The boy riding the bronze rhino
on the carousel

taking an icee break
the petting zoo

getting his hand painted to make a handprint monkey picture

We forget the names of everything but this is some kind of buffalo type animal. Our safari guide pointed out they are black which provides no camouflage whatsoever because are the bad asses of Africa and have no problem taking on (and beating) a pride of lions.
the tram is fun
some lady rhinos sitting butt to butt and a giraffe
a giraffe youth and a baby, which was 5 ft tall at birth

This is one of only 8 living Northern White Rhinos left in the world. This park has 2 and the Czech Republic has 6. The 2 groups are working together on a mating plan to try to avoid allowing this animal to be come extinct. Their horns have made them vulnerable to poachers and unfortunately their natural habitats are in countries that have been filled with "political unrest" for so long animal conservation is a low priority.

These guys in the antelope family have an elliptical "follow me" symbol on their butts so they can keep track of each other as the herd travels.

you'll have to enlarge this one to see the mama and baby rhino (a different breed than the almost extinct one)

lions--I guess they already ate the people that go to this truck
overview of the park
almost as a big as a gorilla
pelican--these get 20 pounds
hatching from a stork egg
a meerkat--don't feed they bite

It was so disgustingly hot today. We were pretty uncomfortable, but had fun. Reese made a hand print monkey to hang on his bedroom wall and got a tshirt and book about baby giraffes.

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