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The photos below are
what we saw.
spotted this colorful macaw near the entrance.
group of Flamingos work the mud of the aviary looking for
28 is cleaning up after a mud bath.
type of duck shares space with the Flamingos.
the aviary was the Meerkat nest.
over to the gorilla enclosure and saw some lazy animals sleeping
largest silver-back in the ape enclosure.
the smaller apes.
profile of the large Silverback gorilla.
strange African Bush Pig surprised us by bolting from a
structure and across one of the amphitheaters.
The pig does tricks
likely took awhile to train this pig.
one funky beast.
has "commercialized" and now offers rides and attractions that
are not part of the regular price. This tethered balloon
is available for $15 per person. The cable underneath is
the tether and is connected to a winch assembly built into the
deck that pulls the balloon back to earth.
has a big footprint, many hundreds of acres are within the
park's boundaries. There are a number of ponds as well as
rhinos were on lunch break. Note the baby at right-center
of the photo above.
were a significant number of giraffes at the park. The
keepers attach fresh greenery to tall poles to keep the giraffes
despite the fact that the lushest leaves are at the bottom, they
all eat from the top down. I am guessing that it is easier
for them to reach up than to reach down.
giraffes are superbly adapted to eating arboreal vegetation.
The cape buffalo is a
tough customer and one of the most feared animals in Africa.
There were lots of
horned "plains game" wandering around the grasslands.
I believe these are
The markings on the
face are called a "war mask".
Those horns are vicious
weapons. Their water trough has been designed to look
like a hollowed-out tree.
Springtime at the zoo. The WAP's breeding program is
considered one of the best in the world and they "export"
young animals of all breeds to other zoos.
We went past the
elephant enclosure and there were 8 or so pachyderms running
around. Mid-day snacks are hay pellets delivered in
boxes that have a small hole in one corner. The
elephants have to work at getting the pellets out through the
holes to be able to eat. Each elephant had their own
approach to the problem. Note the box at the feet of the
baby elephant at the right of the photo above.
This female came over to give us the sniff test. The perimeter wire is electrified so she gave it plenty of clearance.
One of the smaller
members of the herd heads for a snack box.
The snack boxes get
worked over until they don't rattle any more. The bulk
of their diet is regular hay.
An interesting bird
resting on a log.
creature is as small as a dog and is called a dik-dik.
been some improvements at the WAP, but generally these
"improvements" are things like additional rides, the zip lines
and other non-zoo features. But, it is impossible to
escape commercialism doing such endeavors so you have to set you
expectations accordingly. The WAP is a great place and
very well done and surely one of the jewels of the San Diego area.
If you are in the area and have the time, you should plan to see
both the downtown zoo and the WAP.
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