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8 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit The San Diego Zoo

8 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit The San Diego Zoo

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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! This is true at the San Diego Zoo, as it is one of the most popular zoos in the world. According to the Travel Channel, the San Diego Zoo is ranked as the best zoo in the world. The San Diego Zoo places second on Hopper, and second on CNN, just behind the Singapore Zoo. If this isn’t enough to convince you to go to the SD Zoo, maybe these photos will. *All photos taken by me or of me*

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1. Giraffes

Giraffes are by far my favorite animal. Not only is the San Diego Zoo home to beautiful giraffes, but on Saturday’s and Sunday’s you can feed these beautiful creatures for just $10! Frequently in the spring, baby giraffes will be born at the San Diego Zoo.

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2. Panda Bears

Not only are these black and white fluffy bears adorable, but they are also extremely rare. Only 4 zoos in the US have giant pandas: Atlanta, DC, Memphis, and San Diego. San Diego treats their pandas like royalty with 2 acres for three pandas, endless bamboo gardens, and air-conditioned bedrooms.

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3. Reindeers

Santa left behind a couple of his reindeer for your enjoyment. I checked, but none of them have red noses. However, they are real creatures, but don’t have the capability to fly. These furry friends are beside the polar bear exhibit.

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4. Polar Bears

 

While you are saying hello to the reindeers, be sure to take a snap of the polar bears playing in their frozen tundra. My favorite time to catch these fluff balls is when they are playing with their giant ‘beach balls’.

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5. Garden Trails

Garden Trails– Throughout the zoo there are several <what I call> ‘Jungle Trails’. These take you through the different animal exhibits. What I like most about these are the hidden waterfalls in between the gardens. Be sure to check out ‘Fern Canyon’!

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6. Skyride

Why walk across the zoo when you can fly? And it’s free. The skyride will take you from the park entrance to the polar bear area, which is directly across the zoo. Traveler Tip: If you are here all day, take the skyride around sunset time and you will get stunning views of Balboa Park with the sun setting.

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7. Koalas

Koalas– In the Australian Outback section, you can find these sleepy, cuddly koalas. A common misunderstanding about koalas is people often think they are bears. This is not the case, because they simply don’t meet the koalafications! Koalas are nocturnal, but every so often they will open their sleepy little eyes to peak at their bamboo!

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8. Bird Sanctuary

If being inside a large metal cage with birds ever interested you, this is the place to do it! Lush green gardens fill the sanctuary with a peaceful vibe. Some of the most unique birds can be seen flying above your head in this sanctuary. My favorite part is sitting on the benches and listening to the chirping.

Mamma &amp; baby meerkat

Mamma & baby meerkat

Other highlights of the Zoo include the bright pink flamingos, countless turtle species, elephants, and many more, totaling in 100 acres of gardens and animals. One way to enjoy the Zoo is by bus on a 35-minute tour around the property. This is a perfect way to do a shorter visit to the Zoo, while still experiencing the highlights.

The bright pink color of flamingos comes from the pink shrimp they eat!

The bright pink color of flamingos comes from the pink shrimp they eat!

According to the San Diego Zoo’s website, the best time to see the animals active are when the Zoo opens in the morning and an hour before closing. These are the feeding times, and generally the animals are awake and active.

The bears like to come out of their caves around dinner time!

The bears like to come out of their caves around dinner time!

Recently San Diego celebrated 100 years of the SD Zoo, which opened in 1916. During the summer, the Zoo stays open well into the evening, where they have their ‘Nighttime Zoo’, allowing visitors to see nocturnal animals awake. The SD Zoo has not stopped improving and adding more exhibits. Currently, the SD Zoo is adding a new animal exhibit, which is currently under construction.

Animals like to graze in the morning and early evening.

Animals like to graze in the morning and early evening.

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