Yesterday afternoon I decided that I had experienced the joy of unpacking boxes long enough and needed a reward for my diligence.
Quite often when I need a reward I resort to a visit to the San Diego Zoo.
Whenever I make a short trip to the Zoo I usually make it a point to visit Flamingo Lagoon to see my favorite birds and Cat Canyon to see the big kitties.
Sadly, Cat Canyon is no more….
Cat Canyon was the oldest part of the zoo. Many of the cages there were original from 1916 when the Zoo opened; none of them were newer than the mid-1930s.
The San Diego Zoo was the originator of open exhibit areas instead of cages, so it’s nice to see these cages bite the dust. During the next two years, Cat Canyon will be transformed into Africa Rocks.
If you’ve ever experienced the newer exhibits at the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park, such as Elephant Odyssey and Koalafornia, you know that Africa Rocks will be magnificent. After a $10 million renovation, Africa Rocks will include a 65-foot waterfall, the largest manmade water fall in San Diego. Heck, it probably will be the largest waterfall period! We are not known for our waterfalls….
Meanwhile, one has to traipse all around the Zoo—and at 100 acres with hills and canyons that can wear you out quickly—to see all the big kitties.
The Amur Leopard and Snow Leopard are now at the new entrance to Panda Trek, and it is now more of a Trek than it was originally.
The Malayan Tigers are down Hippo Trail, and there is a new trail leading to the back of the area for the tigers, and it’s awesome! It provides a vantage point that allows one to get pictures like these:
The expression on the face in the second picture seems to be saying, “Ah, did you come to see me? You’re so sweet. Thank you so much!”
The Malayan Tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) lives only on the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia and are an endangered species. As of September 2014, an estimated population of about 340 tigers is all that remains outside of the world’s zoos and sanctuaries. Habitat destruction and commercial poaching are the main threats to the Malayan Tiger.
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