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San Diego Zoo—Here kitty, kitty, kitty. Nice kitty.

San Diego Zoo logo

The oldest part of the San Diego Zoo, Cat Canyon, built in 1915, used to house the big cats. Over the past couple of years all the cats were moved out of Cat Canyon as it was destroyed to make way for the new Africa Rocks! natural habitat exhibit. After Flamingo Lagoon, which was at the Zoo entrance, Cat Canyon was always #2 on our list. The only thing better than big kitties is little household kitties. While Africa Rocks! was being built, one had to trundle all over the Zoo hoping to see the big kitties. Sometimes the big kitties were nowhere to be found, having been loaned to other zoos. Uprooting animals from their homes of 10, 20, 30 years and sending them off to a strange zoo with strange smells, perhaps even colder weather, just seemed so wrong. It’s still difficult to find all the big kitties since there is no Cat Canyon anymore, so here, dear readers, just for you, are all sorts of big kitties in one place, my blog!

Mountain lion at the San Diego Zoo

African lion at the San Diego Zoo

Lion tongue at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Lion paw at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Tiger at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Snow leopard

Mountain lion

Mountain lion

Cheetah at the San Diego Zoo

Snow leopard

Rarely is the snow leopard (last picture) visible so well, either because he’s wandering around or hiding. I had never noticed that he only has one eye, and didn’t notice that until just now when I was processing these pictures. This is one reason why having a nice 150-600mm telephoto lens is useful, to get up close and personal, to see things one has never seen before.

In today’s world, all of the animals residing at the San Diego Zoo come from four sources: (1) born at the Zoo; (2) rescued from a failing zoo somewhere else, like eight of elephants that were rescued from a zoo closing in Oklahoma and a “backyard zoo” in Texas; (3) rescued from the illegal animal trade; or (4) brought here as part of the Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research or the Global Wildlife Conservancy program.

California CondorThe latter two programs are why we still have California Condors (Gymnogyps californianus). In 1987, the California Condor was declared extinct in the wild due to the effects of DDT, which resulted in defective egg shells, and hunters’ lead bullets. When hunters killed wildlife that the condors feasted on, the condors would often ingest lead bullets as well, which killed them.

California Condor at the San Diego ZooBecause of the Zoo’s breeding program, as of December 2016 there were 446 condors living in the wild or in captivity. The ones living in the wild, about 170 of them, were re-introduced to California, Arizona, Nevada, and Baja California because of the Zoo’s Captive Breeding Program.

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Fauna of the San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo logo

As promised yesterday, here are some pictures of the fauna residing at the San Diego Zoo.

Which is your favorite?

1 – FlamingoFlamingo at the San Diego Zoo

2 – Panda with toothpick
Panda at the San Diego Zoo

3 – Bear (not sure which species)
Bear at the San Diego Zoo

4 – One-legged ball of feathers
One-legged ball of feathers at the San Diego Zoo

5 – Meerkat sentry
Meerkat at the San Diego Zoo

6 – Secretary bird
Secretary bird at the San Diego Zoo

7 – Capybara (world’s largest rodent)
Capybara at the San Diego Zoo

8 – African lion
African lion at the San Diego Zoo

9 – Mountain lion
(the kind that lives in Southern California)
Mountain lion at the San Diego Zoo

10 – Reindeer with an itch
after delivering all those Christmas presents
Reindeer at the San Diego Zoo

11 – Great white pelican
Great white pelican at the San Diego Zoo

12 – White-faced whistling ducks
(wondering if the water is too cold)
White-faced whistling ducks at the San Diego Zoo

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Out & About—Non-birds at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park

Out & About

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Pictures taken at the Safari Park with the rented Tamron 150-600 mm G2 lens on April 26, 2017. These are the non-birds. If you want to see the birds, see yesterday’s post.

Sumatran Tiger
Tiger at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Male bighorn sheep
Bighorn sheep at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Female bighorn sheep
Female bighorn sheep at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Meerkat
Meerkat at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Lowland Gorilla
Gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Contemplation
Gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Chillin’
Gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Baby Lowland Gorilla
Gorilla baby at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

African Lion Paw
Lion paw at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

African Lion tongue
Lion tongue at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Three adults examining baby Giraffe
Giraffes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Baby giraffe.
Giraffe baby at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Awwwww.
Mama and baby bighorn sheep.
Mama and baby bighorn sheep at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Unknown mama and her baby.
Mama and baby at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Unknown hoofed animals
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It’s Russel!
He wants to put us in his blog!
Run for the hills!
At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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