Monday, May 15, 2006
With over 1,800 acres dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats, the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park is a true treasure.
What impressed me the most was the difference between my experience at the Wild Animal Park and the trip Robby and I had taken to National Zoo in DC just a few weeks earlier. Instead of feeling as though the animals had been unnaturally placed into the city and surrounded by bars and some plexiglass, the Wild Animal Park makes the visitor just that-- a visitor. I felt as though I had walked into the home of these beautiful creatures and they had kindly taken the extra time to spruce it up for us.
These animals have hit the jackpot! Great weather all year round, panoramic vistas, well-manicured grounds, food, food, and more food, and a world-class vet center on site. The only drawback for the animals-- those pesky humans with their cameras and screaming children that the lions have to see all morning but aren't allowed to eat.
We had a great time. Took lots of photos. Robby only screamed a few times. No one got eaten. It was awesome!