Friday, October 5, 2012

San Diego’s best kept secret

Rare white Rhino

I know you are wondering to what I can be referring, but it’s something my hubby and I recently enjoyed while in California.  Yes, we visited the world famous San Diego Zoo, so we decided to check out it’s sister—San Diego Safari Park. 

What?  You say you’ve seen one zoo, you’ve seen em all?  I don’t think so.  First of all it’s kind of deceptive.  This satellite zoological park has been around for 40 years, but you may overlook it. This zoo itself sits on acres and acres of land and most of the animals live as they would in large enclosures that mimic their natural habitat.

When researching this zoo, pricing is a bit deceptive.  We almost didn’t go because I wasn’t sure that you would have anything to do but ride a tram (the least expensive option at $42.00) but I was oh so wrong.  You could spend days in this park.  Yes there is a lot of walking but most of it is wheelchair accessible and they do give discounts for AAA, seniors, and travel industry employees.  There are many other pricier options like up close adventures, and overnight stays in tents available if you desire.

As with the main zoo, they are really into conservation and while we were there we saw several African elephant rescues.  One elephant had just given birth 3 weeks prior.

A 3-week old baby elephant is just too cute for words—so I will refer to the photo.  

Oh yes, I heard you say “Awwwwww.” 

We saw rare white rhinos.  There are only 7 left in the world and two are right here in this zoo.

They have trainers that bring out various animals at specified times during the day, to educate and you will get up close photo ops. 

If you are into the environment and animals, don’t miss the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Check it out!


craftattack said...

How lovely to have been there. We have a zoo programme on TV, and they often show live cams from there; I would love to visit one day. It is pricey, but worth it! Valerie

Christine said...

I was there once a long time ago when the kids were small.

Christine said...

maybe it was the San Diego Zoo, not the Safari Park.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I don't know what rock I have been living under, but I have never heard of the Safari Park--Next trip out that way, I'll definitely check it out!

maddyrose said...

The baby elephant is just too cute! I've never been to the San Diego Safari Park but hope to some day and maybe there will be another baby elephant to awwwwww over. Thanks so much for sharing your vacation.

Magic Love Crow said...

This is so special! I wish I lived closer! I would be there every year! White Rhinos, and look at that little baby elephant! I didn't think it could be that small! So cute! Great post! Thanks my friend ;o)

Rita said...

Sounds like a wonderful experience not to be passed up! :)

Judy Adamson said...

Thanks for the wonderful pictures, Crystal!

Not quite sure what creature that is in the last picture but whatever it is, it's got it's eye on you!!!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

An “Awwwwww.”for an Awwwwwward for your Awwwwwwsome blog! :D

Liz Revit said...

Crystal, you always post the most amazing info. I love the pictures from your trip to the San Diego Zoo. Although I visited San Diego, I never had time to tour the zoo. When I go back, I'll be sure to check it out.

Wanda said...

Oh Crystal, so glad your famiy got to experience San Diego Zoo. It is the most incredible place..Much better in my opinion to the LA Zoo.

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