San Diego (CA) Photos

April 18, 2013

Wolf’s Guenon

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Wolf’s Guenon, Lost Forest, San Diego Zoo.

June 5, 2009

Otters at the SD Zoo

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June 4, 2009

Okapi at the SD Zoo #2

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June 3, 2009

Okapi at the SD Zoo #1

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June 2, 2009

Monkey at the SD Zoo #3

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June 1, 2009

Monkey at the SD Zoo #2

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May 31, 2009

Monkey at the SD Zoo #1

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May 30, 2009

Hippo visit to the SD Zoo #6

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May 29, 2009

Hippo visit at the SD Zoo #5

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May 28, 2009

Hippo visit at the SD Zoo #4

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May 27, 2009

Hippo visit at the SD Zoo #3

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May 26, 2009

Hippo visit at the SD Zoo #2

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May 25, 2009

Hippo visit at the SD Zoo #1

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May 24, 2009

Scripps Aviary at the SD Zoo

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April 23, 2009

Meerkats

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Keeper Katie has her hands full with this meerkat at the San Diego Zoo. These fiesty little guys live in groups of 30 individuals called a gang or a mob. The keepers say some of them are easy to handle but others not so much. This one wanted down and let her know it. The children’s zoo has these guys behind a window down at eye level for the kids. They are amazing to watch.

April 15, 2009

Southern Warthog

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The southern warthog may not appear to be as beautiful as some of the other animals at the San Diego Zoo. But the warthogs are remarkable for their strength, intelligence and ability to adapt and survive. Keeper Leslie looks after the warthogs with a wide range of duties that includes food prepartion, administer medications, observation, keeping records and cleaning their enclosure. The last picture below shows Leslie in the service shed behind the warthog exhibit. Take a couple of extra minutes on your next visit, say hello to Leslie if you see her and maybe you will fall in love with the warthog just like the zoo staff.

April 8, 2009

Turtle house opening

Filed under: Nature, Places to visit, San Diego Zoo — Tags: — washaw @ 6:00 am

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I captured the turtle coming out of the house for the morning. Several othes gathered to watch as well. The lower rails make it easier for the kids to see.

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April 7, 2009

Banana tree and scum at the zoo

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I’m walking along and glance up at this giant pod. Attached to the pod are bananas. Very cool.
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Just a few steps away from the banana tree is this scum patch. It took awhile to get my mind around the idea of a mess like this being natural, normal and even necessary. But it sure looks ucky.
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April 6, 2009

A look of joy on his face

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He has just gotten to pet a miniture horse, how good is that?  I just love to see the look on kids faces when they are at the zoo.  So good!  It really doesn’t get much better.

April 5, 2009

Galápagos giant tortoise

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The Galápagos giant tortoise is the largest living tortoise. This adult weighs about 600 lbs. We have 17 at the San Diego Zoo.

From the Zoo website: “In 1969 the San Diego Zoo became a partner with the Charles Darwin Research Station on the islands, funding a new tortoise-rearing facility and helping with captive propagation and release programs. The Zoo also has one of the largest captive colonies of Galápagos tortoises in the world and has had these giants in the collection since 1928. That’s the year when Dr. Charles Townsend of the New York Zoological Society began his efforts to save the tortoises from extinction by collecting them and setting up colonies in zoos.

The original tortoises sent to the San Diego Zoo—yes, they are still with us!—are well over 100 years old today, although we do not know how long a tortoise will continue to produce offspring. In addition, because Hood Island tortoises Geochelone nigra hoodensis are so rare (estimates were 12 females and 3 males in the 1970s), the San Diego Zoo’s male, number 21, was sent to the Charles Darwin Research Station in 1976 to be part of the breeding program there. So far he has fathered hundreds of tortoises!”

April 4, 2009

Spiny-tailed Monitor, boy looking for a girl

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Many of my regular readers have been thinking “wonder when is he going to show us a Ridge-tailed or Spiny-tailed Monitor?”   Well, your wait is over. Here he is, varanus acanthurus acanthurus, the spiny-tailed monitor.

Again, we have only a male at the San Diego Zoo but Fresno and San Antonio have ONLY a female. I’m not kidding, check for yourself.  I’m thinking about getting an appointment with the reptile people and talk this over.  What do you think? 

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April 3, 2009

The strangest thing I ever did see

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Lichenose Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus Malagasy leaf-tailed gecko).   This guy is hanging on the wall looking to be asleep.  Scientists are looking into the adhesive quality of his feet and thinking about how to apply it to things like surgery.  Cool.

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Sad but true, it says in the database that we have two males and no females at the San Diego Zoo. Both Dallas and Houston have a female but no male. I have an idea… let’s borrow the two females and make some baby geckos.

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April 2, 2009

Turtle or tortoise?

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If it is swimming it is a turtle.  The tortois stays out of the water.  Here is the long answer.

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March 31, 2009

Visiting ducks are leaving soon (we hope!)

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The birding people have web sites that list all the great places to see ducks in San Diego but are missing this group. If you were a duck trying to winter-over it seems obvious to stay were food comes to you on a regular basis. As spring approaches the ducks seem to have other ideas about where to be, probably Seattle or Anchorage or somewhere like that, but they leave San Diego. See you new winter!

March 30, 2009

Fish at the zoo, who knew, and hippo too

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Fish share the hippo exhibit at the “heart of the zoo”. My wife said “Did you just invent that name ‘heart-of-the-zoo’ for your blog? “No, it really is called that.” Anyway, the fish are down low so the kids can see them. My hippo picture is terrible but I wanted to show you the fish and the hippo really is the point of the exhibit. I’ll try harder for a better picture. (Note to zoo staff: clean the glass for my next trip on April 4th, thank you.)

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