Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Things to do in Southern California: San Diego Zoo Safari Park

It had been a while since the hubby and I played tourist in our backyard, so this weekend we decided to go on another one of our little mini-adventures. We are members of the San Diego Zoo near downtown San Diego, but had never been to the sister Safari Park in Escondido. Since our membership includes free entry into both, we headed over to Escondido to check it out.

The biggest difference between the downtown zoo and the Safari Park is that the park has a lot more free-range enclosures for its animals. They have different villages and sections - from a Gorilla Forest to Nairobi Village to an African plains section. This last section was my absolute favorite. The African plains area houses lions, giraffes, antelopes, cranes, deer, rhinos and more--almost all free-roaming amongst the gentle sloping hills of the San Pasqual Valley. (They do have to keep some more aggressive animals sequestered - I was surprised to learn this includes the zebras!)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'm going to let my camera do the talking for a bit:

Lion nap time
Mama cheetah on high alert
Curious giraffe coming to check out our tram
 Giraffe snack time... and antelopes looking like "hey, wheres mine?"
They look too cute to be aggressive! (must be the stripes... deceivingly playful...)
Beautiful views
We only stayed a couple of hours and barely scratched the surface of what the park has to offer. There are tons of presentations and exhibits to explore--and we're looking forward to going back!


Amy said...

What a fun adventure. I love your "picture tour". Can't wait to see more if you go back next time. Maybe I'll take the kids there to explore this summer. :) Thanks for sharing.

Nikola said...

The San Diego Zoo looks like so much fun! I've heard it's a must-see for anyone travelling to the city. Especially anyone travelling with kids. What a great place to spend a day!