My kids are animal lovers, though, and my boy in particular has been asking for a zoo day since winter break. I love it there, so immediately agreed and then hopped online to grab tickets. $48. Yes, it's a reasonably priced 'amusement park', but dude. Really? Considering the fact that they classify a human at the ripe old age of 12 to be an adult, we're looking at $200 for a family outing. What do we look like, the Pope? I started trolling ebay.
I didn't find the worldfamoussandiegoZOO, but I also had an eye out for the zoo's distant north county relative, the artist formerly known as the Wild Animal Park, now named San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and we had the distinct pleasure of visiting last weekend on the World's Most Perfect Day.
It's about a 30 minute drive, and we arrived for the second half of a lovely Saturday. We opted to pocket the maps and just meander a bit, each of us had something we wanted to see and we found our way around.
Uncle Merv won't bore you with a bunch of animal pics, but you guys? The baby gorilla? I called and called and called to it but it wouldn't hop into my backpack.
The park is cool because the animals aren't in traditional cage-like enclosures. They just sort of hang out in these vast, open spaces with likeminded creatures while the humans muck about in pseudo safari gear.
I think the high point for all of us was the late afternoon tram ride trough the African plains. The light was beautiful and the mood was light, and all of God's little creatures came out to be seen.
See that girl with her head in the feeder? That's Nola. She is a northern white rhino.
Nola is critically endangered. There are five northern white rhinos remaining on the planet earth, and none have been successfully bred. Five. So it's Nola and four others. Forever. As the guide pointed out, my kids' kids will never see a Northern White Rhino.
|Rock on with your bad self, Nola.|
|Rock on with your bad self, safari zoo park.|
Oh, one more thing. For Ellie: