During our trip to California in April, we went to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Last year when we went to California, we visited the San Diego Zoo, but this year we decided that we’d do something we hadn’t done before and headed to the Safari Park – which is a separate park from the zoo.
My awesome sister in law, who lives in the outskirts of San Diego managed to score the four of us free passes to the park, which was so cool. My SIL/BIL and nephew have a membership to the San Diego Zoo, which includes the safari park & they planned to meet us there that day. As it turned out, my sister in law got the flu, so just my brother in law and nephew ended up joining us.
Before my in laws arrived, my boys just had to make pennies. If you read my post about making pennies last year when we went to Disney World, you probably already know that I travel with a bag of quarters and shiny pennies in case we run into those machines. And we always do.
Anyhow, after they were done making their smooshed pennies, we headed off to look at some animals and here are a few of the pictures that I took along the way:
When my nine year old looked on the map and saw there was a lemur exhibit, he wanted to go there first because Lemurs are his favorite animals. The lemur walk was kind of cool because it’s a big caged in area in which the lemurs are loose in their natural habitat. The people at the zoo only let a few people in at a time and I guess you could say that it was kind of neat being in there with the animals uncaged. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough, but the boys liked it.
I’m pretty sure that Chris’s favorite part of the day was finding this footsie wootsie. Remember I dedicated an entire post to the footsie wootsie when we went to the San Diego Zoo last year?
After everyone was done with the footsie wootsie, we were off to the gorilla walk. They are amazing animals and that is all I have to say.
Eventually we made our way to the lion camp to see the lions. As it happened, they were all awake, which is awesome because lions apparently sleep about 22 hours a day. Not only were they awake, one of the lionesses was pacing back and forth right in front of the viewing window, so I was literally face to face with her.
Next, we stopped to see the elephants.
We spent the whole day there and didn’t even get a chance to see everything because there is so much to see & do there. I told you earlier this week about the California Condors and the butterfly jungle that we saw there & there is one more post coming tomorrow about the Africa Tram that we did at the park that day. In the meantime, here are a few of the random pictures I took throughout the day:
A long day in the park called for a snack before we headed “home” and they all agreed on ice cream – with a little photo bomb by my brother in law.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is located at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd in Escondido, CA. Honestly, I liked the San Diego zoo much better, but that is just my personal opinion.