Hey y’all, I’m back to recap the second part of our trip to San Diego. I’m going to go on ahead and apologize for some picture overload in this post, maybe I was trying to make up for not taking any pictures on Friday.
If you can believe it, I didn’t plan a single thing for this whole trip, except for our flights to actually get us to San Diego. We knew that since our friend lives in San Diego he’d be able to show us everything that we wanted to see, and we were right! Austin did such a good job planning our weekend, and we had such a blast!
San Diego Zoo
Our first stop on Saturday was the San Diego Zoo. This was probably the thing that I wanted to see the most since this zoo is known around the world for being one of the best, and it did not disappoint.
We arrived at the zoo bright and early in the morning, and the first thing we did was to hop on the top of the Guided Bus Tour. I would definitely recommend this as a first stop on your trip to the zoo because you really get the lay of the land, and you also have the opportunity to see the animals when they’re the most active (it’s the same thing as riding the Safari at Disney World first thing in the morning). I would also recommend sitting on the top half of the bus like we did. Even though it’s hotter up there because you’re in the sun, the top of the bus gives you much better photo opportunities because you can move around, and because the animals are so big.
While on the Guided Bus Tour, our tour guide gave us lots of useful information about the zoo, and what their goals truly are. One of their major goals is to help endangered species by successfully mating them in captivity, keeping close track of their genealogy, and then releasing them back into the wild. The pandas and the California condors are a few examples of some of the species that they’re trying to get off of the endangered species list at the San Diego zoo.
Our tour guide also gave us random facts about some of the animals in the zoo, like the names of all the giraffes. And, that they use dogs to help with some of the larger cats that they have in the zoo. Doesn’t make a lot of sense, I know. Apparently, when they receive a baby cheetah, for example, they’ll also bring in a puppy that will grow to be roughly the same size as the cheetah when they’re fully grown. They’ll raise them together, and ultimately, the cheetah will start to take some social cues from their buddy, the dog. One of the social cues could be to not be afraid of the zookeeper that comes in to feed it. Really cool in my book!
After we finished with the Guided Tour Bus, we spent the rest of the morning walking around the zoo, trying to see some of the exhibits that we missed during the Bus Tour or some of the exhibits that we wanted to see again. Some of the highlights from our trip were seeing the polar bears, panda bears, koala bears, meerkats, and of course, the elephants, flamingos, and giraffes.
We wrapped up our day at the zoo with a quick lunch and a few more exhibits, like the orangutans before heading to our last activity for the day.
Since I’ve overloaded you with pictures this time around, I’ll wrap up our trip to San Diego next time! I hope you enjoyed!