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San Diego Nighttime Zoo starts today!

San Diego Zoo logo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Today marks the beginning of the San Diego Nighttime Zoo for 2014. Instead of being open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m each day., the Zoo will stay open until 9:00 p.m. each and every day through September 1, 2014.

I love the Nighttime Zoo! Yahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! (Smile if you think I’m excited!)

Remember that if you come to San Diego on business or vacation, contact me because I often have free tickets to the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, or SeaWorld. With enough notice, I can usually play docent for a day!

Also, if you fly into San Diego, sit on the left side of the plane. The view of downtown San Diego as you are landing is awesome!

Following are some of my favorite pictures from past visits to the Zoo. Eventually, Photographic Art will be created from these pictures and Julian will upload them to my galleries at Fine Art America for purchase in many different forms (traditional prints, prints on metal or acrylic, posters, cell phone cases, etc.).

Komodo dragon at the San Diego Zoo

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Necking flamingos at the San Diego Zoo

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Albino burmese python at the San Diego Zoo

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Shoebill at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

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Ocellated turkey at the San Diego Zoo

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Hippopotamuses at the San Diego Zoo

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Giant panda at the San Diego Zoo

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Bakka, cheetah ambassador of the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

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Koala female and one-year-old joey at the San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo

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Bald eagle in residence at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Woma at the San Diego Zoo

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Maned wolves at the San Diego Zoo

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Sudanese striped hyena, San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo

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Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Flamingo chick at the San Diego Zoo

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Cape clawless otter, San Diego Zoo

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Malayan tiger at the San Diego Zoo

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Hibiscus blooming in November at the San Diego Zoo

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Monkey at the San Diego Zoo

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Red kangaroo at the San Diego Zoo

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Camel at the San Diego Zoo

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Red Panda at the San Diego Zoo

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Serval at the San Diego Zoo

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Desert Bighorn Sheep at the San Diego Zoo

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Knobbed Hornbill at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Meerkat at the San Diego Zoo

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Female red-cheeked gibbon at the San Diego Zoo

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Bornean Sun Bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Elephant at the San Diego Zoo

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Striped hyena at the San Diego Zoo

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Albino burmese python at the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo’s albino burmese python

Out & About San Diego

Pictures copyright 2010 by Russel Ray Photos

In my opinion, the best time to go to the San Diego Zoo is at 9:00 a.m. when it opens. It’s not very crowded and the wildlife is up and at ’em, looking for food from the Zookeepers or looking for the best spot to lay out in the sun for the rest of the day.

Usually I go to the Zoo alone because none of my friends are morning people and I dislike the afternoon crowds since you can’t see the wildlife.

I’m making new friends…..

This morning I took my weekly trip to the San Diego Zoo but went with a group of about twenty members of the Pacific Photographic Society, a meetup group. Much more enjoyable.

In two hours I took 158 pictures. Since I had accidentally left my Canon 550D on the RAW picture setting instead of RAW + JPEG, it took me the rest of the day to process those 158 RAW pictures. Live and learn.

Here are some pictures of the Zoo’s albino burmese python:

Albino burmese python at the San Diego Zoo

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Albino burmese python at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2010 by Russel Ray Photos

Albino burmese python at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2010 by Russel Ray Photos

Albino burmese python at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2010 by Russel Ray Photos

The Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) is the largest of the Indian pythons and one of the largest snakes in the world. They average about twelve feet long but can get up to nineteen feet long in the wild. The resident at the San Diego Zoo is eighteen feet long.

Although they are native to India and Southeast Asia, they have taken up residence in Florida, specifically the Everglades, due to owners releasing their too-large-for-the-home snakes into the wild but mostly due to a breeding facility that destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. They are now considered an invasive species in Florida due to their apparent hunger for foxes, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, and even deer. Since 1992, sightings of raccoons and opossums are down by around 99%, and white-tailed deer signtings are down by about 94%.

Please, people, if you have a pet that you no longer want — dog, cat, snake, lizard, fish, whatever — first approach the business you bought it from. Many of them will take it back, some of them even paying you for its return. If the business is out of business, contact your local wildlife organization and they will help you. It’s cruel to dump an unwanted pet in the wild.

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