Monthly Archives: May 2013

Baby Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere!

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As much as I love going to the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and SeaWorld, there’s still nothing like seeing wildlife in the wild. Except I’m pretty sure that I would not want to see a mountain lion mommy and her little one while I was out hiking by myself. Nonetheless……….

I remember when I stumbled upon my first Canada Goose here in San Diego in 1996. I thought the poor thing had a serious deficiency in its map-reading skills (GPS wasn’t on the scene yet). Thirteen years later and I know that the Canada Goose is resident in all the lower 48 States as well as Canada.

In the 38 years I lived in Texas, I never saw a Canada Goose in the wild, yet the whole state is covered with “I live here in the Winter” blue in my National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America. San Diego is covered in the same winter blue, but I can tell you that there are many Canada Geese that live here year round, such as the two in the following flash video. They have been here for several years, rain or shine, hot or cold, winter or summer:

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I suspect the same is true up in the Los Angeles area. It definitely is not winter in L.A. yet when I was at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia a few days ago for my 19th anniversary, the only bird more prevalent than the peacock was the Canada Goose.

Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

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Baby Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

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Canada Geese at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California

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Following are three flash videos of the Canada Geese at the L.A. Arboretum, including two little babies with mommy and daddy.

Remember that birds don’t have nationalities, so the plural of Canada Goose is Canada Geese, not Canadian Geese.

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Friday Flower Fiesta — Orchids at the San Diego Zoo

Friday Flower Fiesta

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I go to a lot of orchid shows each year. Recently I found some of the most unusual orchids I’ve ever seen, and it wasn’t at a show. It was at the San Diego Zoo! The Zoo is an internationally recognized botanic garden as well as a zoo, but orchids are not something that we see too many of in our desert climate.

When my blogging friend Barb Beacham and her husband came to San Diego on April 25 and 26, I was able to provide them with free tickets to the Zoo. I think I wore them out.

We discovered the new orchid greenhouses which are now open to the public, and today’s Friday Flower Fiesta is from the greenhouses.

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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 Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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 Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

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Monarch butterfly in San Diego

National Butterfly Awareness Day is Saturday, June 1

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Saturday, June 1, is National Butterfly Awareness Day.

There are 265 species of butterflies that call California home. The queen of these butterflies is the monarch (Danaus plexippus) .

Monarch

Monarch

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Monarch caterpillars, September 2011, San Diego

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Monarch caterpillar chrysalis, September 2011, San Diego

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I caught a little wormy
A-crawlin’ up a tree.
He wiggled here
He wiggled there
He wiggled right at me.
I put him in a shoebox
And told him “Stay right there.”
But when I opened up the box
A butterfly was there.
I don’t know how it happened
I couldn’t if I tried
‘Cause only Mother Nature
Can make a butterfly.
(Author unknown)

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I just discovered that up in Encinitas, at 450 Ocean View Avenue, is The Monarch Program.

Location of The Monarch Program in Encinitas

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That’s where I’m going on Saturday! They have a 1200-square foot vivarium there. And they’ve been there since 1990! I never knew!

If you happen to be in Balboa Park, check out the two large milkweed plants at the two entrances to the Botanic Building. Monarch butterflies love milkweeds, even needing them for their mere survival, and there are always a couple of butterflies, some caterpillars, and some chrysalises on the bushes. That’s where the second and third pictures above and the final two pictures were taken.

Trivia:

It wasn’t until 1975 that scientists discovered the overwintering sites in central Mexico. At that time, they found a butterfly that had been tagged in Ontario, Canada. There are about 210 overwintering sites in California, with the main one being Pacific Grove, which has taken on the moniker Butterfly Town USA.

The monarch butterfly is the official insect or butterfly for Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, Vermont, and West Virginia.

There are three overwintering sites in San Diego County: Grape Street Park in Balboa Park, Presidio Park in Old Town, and the UCSD Coast Site on Azul Street. The best time to see these overwintering monarchs is in November, December, and January.

Milkweed flower

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Monarch butterfly

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New library in Lemon Grove, California

Grand opening for the new Lemon Grove library

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San Diego is building a new central library.

The citizens voted it down several times because (1) it was too expensive. (2) people don’t go to libraries anymore because of the Internet, Google, Wikipedia……, and (3) books are so last decade.

Of course, a great City Council will find a way to do things even when the public says no. I mean, who knows better, a Council of Twelve or 60% of the voters? I’m thinking Council of Twelve………………

You can see some pictures of the new San Diego library here: America’s second largest dome is nearing completion. At the time I wrote that post, the new central library was supposed to open in late March or early April 2013. Here it is May 30, and I think the opening has been pushed back to August or so.

But this post isn’t about the new San Diego library. Instead, it’s about the new Lemon Grove library. Lemon Grove is just south of me in La Mesa, and the new Lemon Grove library is about two miles from me. It was supposed to open on June 1, 2013. Unfortunately, it opened early, on May 23. Thus they took a page from retail and called it a soft opening. The official grand opening will be Saturday.

Since I am not going to make the official grand opening, I went over yesterday to have a little look-see. I was impressed. I’m really happy to see that libraries are remaking themselves so that they will still be relevant decades from now — books, audio books, DVDs, CDs, computers………….

New library in Lemon Grove, California

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New library in Lemon Grove, California

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New library in Lemon Grove, California

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New library in Lemon Grove, California

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The library is very bright and open with natural light streaming in from walls of arched windows and lending itself to not being stuffy like so many libraries. At nearly 13,000 square feet, the Mission-style library features a grand staircase entry, Friends of the Lemon Grove Library bookstore, a computer room, project rooms, and a new community room.

New library in Lemon Grove, California

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The middle school campus of the Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities is connected to the library on one side. During school hours, children have their own private entrance into the library. How cool is that?!!

Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities

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The new library is located at 3001 School Lane. Kinda makes sense. The Grand Opening celebration will be Saturday, June 1, at 10:00 a.m.

Map to new Lemon Grove library

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Pasadena City Hall

Pasadena City Hall

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There’s no doubt that most states have beautiful state capitol buildings.

When one gets down to the county and city level, the buildings tend to be somewhat nondescript with little non-functional beauty.

Such is not the case with the cities of San Francisco and Pasadena, and when I went to Pasadena last weekend, one of my goals was to go see Pasadena City Hall.

Successful goal!

If you’re thinking that Pasadena sounds familiar but you’re not quite sure why, it is the city that hosts the Rose Bowl Parade and the Rose Bowl football game each year. Great place to go spend a little time relaxing!

Pasadena City Hall

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Pasadena’s city hall was completed on December 27, 1927, at a cost of $1.3 million. It is, perhaps, the best known example of the City Beautiful movement of the 1920s.

Bakewell and Brown, an architecture firm in San Francisco, designed the building, incorporating Mediterranean Revival Style and Spanish Colonial Revival Style architecture.

Pasadena City Hall

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Pasadena City Hall

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Pasadena City Hall

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The City Hall courtyard was used in the 1995 movie “A Walk in the Clouds” to portray a Napa Valley town square. It was used as an embassy in the “Mission: Impossible” TV series, and a villa in “The Great Dictator,” a 1940 Oscar-nominated film starring Charlie Chaplin.

Pasadena City Hall

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Pasadena City Hall

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Pasadena City Hall

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Pasadena City Hall serves as the city hall of fictional Pawnee, Indiana, in the TV show “Parks and Recreation,” and the dome is visible through the window of the main characters’ apartment building in the TV show “The Big Bang Theory.”

Pasadena City Hall

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Rising six stories above the street, City Hall is 361′ x 242′ with a dome that is 26′ tall and 54′ in diameter. It has 235 rooms and covers over 170,000 square feet. The Civic Center District, which includes City Hall, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

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Los Angeles Metro's Del Mar Station in Pasadena

Just passing through

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When Jim and I travel, we usually try to visit aquariums, zoos, gardens, and university campuses. I also try to sneak in a visit to a place having something to do with trains.

When we went to Los Angeles this past Sunday for our 19th anniversary, our main destiny was the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Afterwards, we went in search of Pasadena City Hall (the second most beautiful City Hall I’ve ever seen, behind San Francisco), the Rose Bowl, and the old Santa Fe Depot in Pasadena. We found City Hall and the Rose Bowl, but, sadly, never found the old Santa Fe Depot.

According to one site that I found after getting home, the Santa Fe Depot was absorbed into the new station and was “rehabilitated to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.” Ha! Anything but! See for yourself at Pasadena Views.

Jim and I walked around for about 30 minutes looking for the station, or its remnants, or maybe an address where it had been moved. While we never found it, I did get a couple of good flash videos of the Metro trains. The second one is my favorite.

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Music on Mondays — Happy Memorial Day!

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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I have always loved history, especially war history, and on this date in 1941, the British Navy sunk the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France.

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The Bismarck was launched at Hamburg, Germany, on February 14, 1939. At 823 feet long, Adolf Hitler believed that the start-of-the-art battleship would mark the rebirth of the German Navy. The British Navy heavily patrolled ocean routes from Germany to the Atlantic Ocean, though, and only German submarines were able to move freely in the Atlantic Ocean.

In May of 1941, Hilter gave the order for the Bismarck to break the British patrols and get out into the Atlantic Ocean where it might wreak havoc. Britain sent much of the British Home Fleet in pursuit, and the British battle cruiser Hood and the battleship Prince of Wales found the Bismarck near Iceland. A fierce battle ensued but ultimately the Hood exploded and sank, taking 1418 of its 1421 crewmen to a watery grave.

Although the Bismarck escaped, it was leaking fuel and fled to occupied France. On May 26, British aircraft sighted it and crippled it. The next day, three British warships descended on the Bismarck and finished it off, sending it to join the Hood below the waves.

Thank you, Veterans!

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

Los Angeles Arboretum — Gone to the birds

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When Jim went to bed Saturday night (he goes to bed much earlier than me), he told me we were going to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena for our 19th anniversary.

When Jim got up Sunday morning (he gets up much later than me), he told me we were going to the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia (next to Pasadena) for our 19th anniversary.

I guess he had a dream…………..

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden (herafter, LACA) comprises 127 acres whereas our San Diego Botanic Garden is 37 acres. Of course, we have the San Diego Zoo, also an internationally recognized Botanic Garden, at 100 acres, so there…………..

LACA had a huge Australia garden, probably covering half of the arboretum. That’s about 60 acres. Much of our Southern California climate is very similar to Australia, and Australian native vegetation does exceedingly well here. Walk through Balboa Park here, though, at 1,200 acres, and you’ll see everything in LACA’s Australia garden.

One thing that LACA had that San Diego Botanic Garden does not have is birds. Particularly Peafowl and Canada Geese. More than you can shake a stick at, and if you were to shake a stick at them, some might take the stick out of your hands!

I think if I were around Peafowl  (remember that male Peafowl are Peacocks and female Peafowl are Peahens) more often, they could easily become my favorite bird. They are so much fun to watch.

Following are 15 pictures and 5 flash videos of the Peafowl at LACA. Be sure to watch the last video if you don’t do anything else here today; he’s a little tease! The 15 pictures are of 15 different birds.

Lastly, I would like to dedicate this post to my blogging friend Julie, her husband Anthony, and their son Ming (jmgoyder) in Australia. They are the only ones I know who might have more Peafowl than the Los Angeles County Arboretum.

Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peahen at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peahen at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peahen at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Baby Peafowl at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock at the Los Angeles Arboretum

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Peacock (male Peafowl) walking the grounds

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Mom and baby Peafowl

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Peacock jumping from tree to fence

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Peahen giving herself a dirt bath

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Peacock showing off

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Masai Giraffe at the San Diego Zoo

Happy anniversary to……….me!

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Today is the 19th anniversary of Jim and me meeting. I was working in Detroit as a consultant in the wireless telecommunications industry. My client flew me home to San Diego every other week, and Memorial Day weekend in 1994 was my second trip home that May. I took two days of PTO (paid time off) so I could come home Wednesday night and go to the Men’s Coming Out Support Group at the Gay & Lesbian Center of San Diego, which is where Jim and I met. Imagine what might not have happened if I had not used those two days of PTO!

Jim and I are going to Pasadena today, mainly to visit the Norton Simon Museum but I’m sure we’ll also get to the Rose Bowl, Pasadena City Hall, and the Pasadena Railroad Station. I was last at the Rose Bowl in 1978. That’s when I found out that it had 77 rows of seats, a great number since I was Class of ’77 at Texas A&M University (Aggies will understand that).

My neighbors across the street are going to keep an eye on our place while we’re gone, as well as come in a couple of times to check on Zoey the Cool Cat. Sure, Zoey the Cool Cat will miss us, but she’ll get over it as soon as I get back and give her food and tummy rubs, and let her sleep on me.

I won’t be able to make it to the San Diego Zoo today, so I’ll let y’all go for me. Have fun!

Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus)
The largest of all the kangaroos
and the largest mammal native to Australia.

Red Kangaroo at the San Diego Zoo

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Masai Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi)
The tallest land mammal

Masai Giraffe at the San Diego Zoo

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Sleeping mama Jaguar (Panthera onca)
The largest feline in the Western hemisphere.
This one has two cubs that are each a year old.

Jaguar at the San Diego Zoo

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Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)
How come all these animals are sleeping?
Must be nice to sleep all day.

Meerkat at the San Diego Zoo

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California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus)
The largest North American land bird.

California Condor at the San Diego Zoo

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Dromedary Camel (Camelus dromedarius)
Camel poop makes great fertilizer and fuel!
(Again with the sleeping animals!)

Dromedary Camel at the San Diego Zoo

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Mexican Fireleg Tarantula (Brachypelma boehmei)
Gets to six inches in size and
flicks barbed bristles (called urticating hairs) when irritated.

Mexican Fireleg Tarantula

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Sleeping(!) Guanaco (Lama guanicoe)
Guanaco spit when threatened.

Guanaco at the San Diego Zoo

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Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)
Mama and two little ones.
The largest rodent in the world.

Capybara at the San Diego Zoo

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Eating Jaguar
This is one of the cubs from mommy above.

Jaguar at the San Diego Zoo

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Female African Lion (Panthera leo)
Sleeping. Duh.
Second-largest living cat; tigers are bigger.

Female African Lion at the San Diego Zoo

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Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)
Nickname is “skunk wolf” because its mane has a distinctive odor.

Maned Wolf at the San Diego Zoo

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Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)
Sleeping, of course.
The polar bear was the mascot of the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Canada.

Polar Bear at the San Diego Zoo

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The End

Polar Bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Koala at the San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo’s new Australian Outback exhibit

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Yeah! The koalas are back in force at the San Diego Zoo! Most of them have been missing for almost 18 months while their old 1930s exhibit was destroyed and a new, bigger, and more beautiful exhibit was built for the little cuties.

The new Australian Outback opened to fanfare and news cameras at 9:30 a.m. yesterday after 30 minutes of speeches and a really cool dance and rhythm presentation by two Aboriginal Australians who flew into San Diego especially for the grand opening. I got a short video of the two of them:

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Many schools had made arrangement for classes to visit the Zoo yesterday, and you can guess where they all headed. I’ve never seen so many school busses and children in all my life.

Following are a few pictures of the new Australian Outback.

Australian Outback at the San Diego Zoo

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Class day at the San Diego Zoo

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Laughing Kookaburras at the San Diego Zoo's Australian Outback exhibit

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Parma Wallaby at the San Diego Zoo's Australian Outback exhibit

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San Diego Zoo's new Australian Outback exhibit on opening day May 24 2013

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San Diego Zoo's new Australian Outback exhibit on opening day May 24 2013

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San Diego Zoo's new Australian Outback exhibit on opening day May 24 2013

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San Diego Zoo's new Australian Outback exhibit on opening day May 24 2013

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San Diego Zoo's new Australian Outback exhibit on opening day May 24 2013

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Koala at the San Diego Zoo

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Koala at the San Diego Zoo

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Koala at the San Diego Zoo

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Koala at the San Diego Zoo

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Koala at the San Diego Zoo

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Koala at the San Diego Zoo

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Koala at the San Diego Zoo

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Koala at the San Diego Zoo

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