The San Diego Zoo is a San Diego institution – in fact, it is literally world-famous. Founded over 90 years ago, the Zoo is a genuine tourist attraction and has a worldwide reputation in the field of wildlife and animal care.
What’s the big deal? A zoo is a zoo, right?
The San Diego Zoo sets the standard for modern zoos – its innovative animal habitats provide natural settings for animals, often with different species living among one another. The 100-acre facility features lush landscaping and floiage, and the canyons and mesas make the experience unique for visitors used to their neighborhood zoo.
But what ‘koalafications’ does the zoo have that sets it apart from other zoos?:
- The Zoo has the largest population of the critically endangered giant pandas in North America. The Zoo has five pandas, including the latest cub, Yun Zi, the mother Bai Yun, the adult male Gao Gao, and siblings Zhen Zhen and Su Lin. It is estimated there are only about 1,600 giant pandas in the world.
- Take a ride on Skyfari, the aerial tram. This gives you an amazing and dizzying view of the Zoo grounds.
- The Guided Bus tour is a good way to acquaint yourself with what the Zoo offers. The Children’s Zoo is a great way to get kids up close to the animals. And the various animal shows are entertaining and educational at the same time.
- It was the first zoo to have a float in Pasadena Rose Parade.
- Elephant Odyssey is the newest exhibit, a spacious new home for the elephants, as well as other animal habitats like California condors. Monkey Trails is a multi-level habitat featuring monkeys from Asia and Africa, as well as other species. Tiger River and Polar Bear Plunge showcase these popular animals. And there’s always a show at Absolutely Apes, where the orangutan residents always put on an entertaining show.
- Its parent organization, San Diego Zoo Global, is the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 250,000 member households and 130,000 child memberships, representing more than a half million people.
Where did it all begin?
The Zoo has a lot of history…100 years in fact! The Zoo’s collection was created from a scattering of specimens that remained in Balboa Park at the close of the 1915-1916 Panama-California International Exposition. The Zoo has been in its present location in Balboa Park since 1922. The 100-acre San Diego Zoo has undergone massive changes since its inception in 1916, innovating designs and exhibits that feature 4,000 animals representing 800 species.
The San Diego Zoo website also offers podcasts to download and tailor your own self-guided tour on your smartphone.
And check out their Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/SDZoo
And in case you require some jokes next week, if the Southern California heat becomes ‘unBEARable’, here are some of the ‘sealiest’ ones I know:
- Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
- The best way to stop a charging bull is to take away his credit card.
- Biologists have recently produced immortal frogs by removing their vocal cords. They can’t croak.
- In the winter my dog wears his coat, but in the summer he wears his coat and pants.
- It was raining cats and dogs. There were poodles all over the road.
- Two giraffes were in a race. They were neck and neck.
- Are evil wildebeests bad gnus?
- I phoned the zoo but the lion was busy.
- On the surface of things whales are always blowing it.
- A zoo had a camel with no humps named ‘Humphrey’.
Look forward to more puns next week…