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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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At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Imagine being kissed by that!

Picture of the Moment

When I was driving for Uber earlier this year, I would get up at 3:30 a.m. and start driving at 4:00. That allowed for some significant long drives from where I live in La Mesa to coastal places like the 32nd Street Naval Station, downtown San Diego, and the airport, all popular places to go at that hour of the morning. I would drive for 5 hours and then go home. One day, though, as I was about to head home a little early, I got a ride request. I thought, “Sure, why not? They might be going my way anyway.”

Well, they were from Nebraska and going to the San Diego Zoo. Perfect opportunity for me to stop at the Zoo, too. That day was May 27, 2016. I don’t remember it specifically, but I have a few billion pictures which I took that day, including those in the immediate posts preceding this one.

What I find interesting about a lot of these pictures is that they are the best pictures I have gotten of certain animals over the 23 years that I have been going to the Zoo on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. Including this one of a 3-month-old giraffe:

Baby Giraffe

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That giraffe must really love that twig.

Imagine being kissed by that tongue!

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Should we not release our dogs and cats back into the wild?

Opinion

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I freely admit that I support zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries, and even SeaWorld to the max, 100%.

I even support circuses when it is done right, and I’ll define “done right” as using positive reinforcement rather than negative reinforcement.

To me, it’s pretty obvious when animals in our care have been trained with positive reinforcement.

It’s no different from you teaching a dog to roll over, sit, play dead, shake.

It’s done with treats, not whippings.

Perhaps that’s why I don’t like horse racing. I have been to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Races twice with a Photographer All Access pass. A total of twenty hours on two different occasions two years apart. I have yet to see anyone give a horse a treat. Rather, they prod them, poke them, whip them…….. Why are people not protesting that instead of SeaWorld? I don’t understand.

Do animals in our loving care remember those who care for them? I submit that they do:

Here’s another one:

Did zoos, aquariums, SeaWorld, and circuses abuse animals in the past? I believe they did. I believe taking animals out of the wild can, in many circumstances, be considered abuse.

However, I would rather have some of these animals in Zoos to save them than in the wild where they get slaughtered by poachers:

100,000 elephants killed by poachers in 3 years

I would also submit that in today’s world, if you were able to ask these animals if they would prefer to be in the wild struggling to find food each day, fighting for their lives each day…. or in a zoo or aquarium where they get love, attention, food, and medical care…. I believe I know the answer.

Without the leadership of the San Diego Zoo in getting other zoos and sanctuaries to sign on to its California Condor Conservation program, the California Condor would now be extinct. It actually was extinct in the wild as recently as 1987. Through the successful breeding programs of the San Diego and Los Angeles zoos, the California Condor was re-introduced to the wild beginning in 1991 in southern Utah, northern Arizona, central and southern California, and northern Baja California, Mexico. Here are a few of the California Condors at the San Diego Zoo:

Andean condor at the San Diego Zoo

California Condor at the San Diego Zoo

California Condor at the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has a northern white rhino as a resident. Northern white rhinos are functionally extinct, which means that the seven rhinos that exist in zoos throughout the world are beyond breeding age and that none exist in the wild. When these seven remaining rhinos die, there will be no more unless we can figure out cloning.

Northern white rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

Many times each year the Zoo and Safari Park announce the arrival of big babies: orangutans, elephants, giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, and gorillas. If not for the Zoo, I would never have had the opportunity to see orangutans, elephants, giraffes, gazelles, monkeys, and gorillas. And my annual membership supports the Zoo’s conservation and breeding programs, to ensure that the California Condor continues to exist in the wild.

The Zoo also re-introduces wildlife to other parts of the world when possible. Unfortunately, people in other countries don’t have the economy that we have in the United States, so they don’t mind slaughtering animals for food and other products.

I try to go once a week to SeaWorld, the Zoo, and Safari Park because one never knows what’s going on each week and which animals will be photogenic for me.

Without Zoos, many millions of people, including me, would never have had the opportunity to see these beautiful creatures:

Mom and baby gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Sumatran tiger at Tiger Trail at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Himalayan Monal at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Burmese Python at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Black mangabey at the San Diego Zoo

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Camel at the San Diego Zoo

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Giraffe at the San Diego Zoo

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Elephant at the San Diego Zoo

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Giant Panda at the San Diego Zoo May 2013

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Male lion at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Mama koala and her joey at the San Diego Zoo

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Forest buffalo at the San Diego Zoo

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Caracal at the San Diego Zoo

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Desert bighorn sheep at the San Diego Zoo

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Johnston's crocodiles at the San Diego Zoo

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Fishing cat at the San Diego Zoo

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Zebra at the San Diego Zoo

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Secretary Bird at the San Diego Zoo

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Cheetah at the San Diego Zoo

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Polar Bear 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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Red kangaroo at the San Diego Zoo

(Got the kangaroo in there for you, Laurie!)

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Flamingos at the San Diego Zoo

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Although I can cite no research to support me, I firmly believe that people who have visited a zoo, sanctuary, or aquarium are more likely to contribute to conservation efforts to save these beautiful creatures from extinction in the wild.

For those who want to release all of these creatures back into the wild, that cannot be done with many of them because they are injured and would not be able to survive. The two bald eagles at Safari Park come to mind, both injured in the wild and rescued, and both unable to fly.

Bald eagles

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If we take this to its logical conclusion, then all dogs and cats should be released back into the wild. After all, both species adapt quite quickly to life in the wild, so why are we keeping them penned up in our homes and teaching them tricks? For our entertainment, pleasure, and companionship….

Spoiled dog

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SNIPPETS (8-16-14)—Dear WordPress….

 

Snippets

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snip-pet: a small piece of something

Snippets: mini blog posts

SNIPPET 1

Dear WordPress:

The new editor really [censored], and I say that in all sincerity. The old editor took all of one second to load. Now, depending on the length of the post being edited, the new editor can take as long as 47 seconds to load. Possibly longer, but I only had patience (and 37 minutes!) to test it out on one short post (took 13 seconds to load) and nine longer posts.

So, yes, I was missing the old editor and switched to classic editor. The problem, though, is that one cannot get to the classic editor without first waiting for Beep Beep Boop to load. By that time, one has lost precious seconds and minutes of life that will never be regained………..

Surely y’all can do better.

SNIPPET #2

I’m a pretty easygoing guy, born and raised in the South of South Texas. Lived in that culture for 38 years excepting for 4 years in an even more conservative religious cult(ure) in northern Utah.

LiberalI have lived in San Diego for 21½ years, and while San Diego is a rather conservative area of California, it’s probably twice as liberal as Austin, Texas, the most liberal city in Texas.

So as an adult with logic, reasoning, and thinking skills fully developed, I’ve seen both sides of the conservative/liberal coin. I prefer the liberal side because liberals tend to be more progressive, and my wise old grandmother taught me to care for everyone, something that conservatives don’t like to do.

Thus I wear my liberal/progressive badge with pride.

SNIPPET #3

When I came home from my first day of high school and told my wise old grandmother that I was joining the debate team, she said, “Just remember that when people start calling you names, you’ve won the debate.”

She was right.

Recently on Facebook I got into a discussion about the worst president in the history of the United States. In my mind right now, and I’m willing to bet that history will bear me out, President George W. Bush ranks as the worst. I think President Bush and Vice-President Cheney are war criminals. They invaded two foreign countries with no cause or a false cause; spent $4 trillion on that war, of which Cheney’s companies benefitted to the tune of more than $39 billion in profits; a war which caused thousands of deaths, both American and others, and affected the lives of hundreds of thousands or more in the families of those loved ones who were killed or injured.

Two debating opponents thought Obama was the worst ever. However, they couldn’t come up with any facts to support them. All they could do is say things like, “Obama’s an idiot, just like you.” Or “Obama’s the worst President and you’re the worst home inspector.” And similar things.

Now remember from SNIPPET #2 that I’m a pretty easygoing fellow. Thus, I give people and companies three strikes before calling them, OUT! These two guys got three strikes in three minutes, so I unfriended them and blocked them from posting on my Timeline.

Debate’s okay. Name-calling and bullying is not, and some adults can be every bit as bad as children. I can only imagine what their children are like………..

SNIPPET #4

Now back to something more positive since my wise old grandmother taught me to be positive, to surround myself with positive people, and to get rid of negative thoughts and negative people.

My wise old grandmother also taught me to add laughter to each and every day, and for 49 years I’ve tried to do that. Here’s some laughter for today, at the expense of our little furry feline friends who just want to help.

SNIPPET #5

Julian made Photographic Art—and a stamp!—based on a picture of a capybara:

Capybara

I really like what he created. A capybara, for those who don’t know, is the world’s largest rodent.

Rodent, for those who don’t know, also includes cute little creatures like rats and mice.

So I know you’re thinking to yourself, “That looks kind of big. Just how large is the world’s largest rodent?”

And I’m just the one to answer your question!

A capybara can grow to—are you ready for this?—4.4 feet long, 2 feet tall, and a record 201 pounds. Hmmm. 201 pounds. It can weigh more than me!

SNIPPET #6

Guess what the following is?

Wall of books

If you guessed, “Some sort of path,” well, I’m going to give that to you. Congratulations!

More interestingly, though, it’s a path in the new auditorium of the new San Diego Central Library, and the left side is a wall of books. Looks like this in close-up:

Wall of books

Every time I go there I look at several books to see if I recognize any of the titles or authors. So far, no luck. I’m thinking these probably are not the classics….

SNIPPET #7

Another Photographic Art creation by Julian:

Giraffe Photographic Art

He has a good eye for picking out good pictures to use to create Photographic Art, a good eye for actually creating Photographic Art, and a superb memory. I only have to tell or show him something once and he’s all over it. Wish I had a memory like that. My memory comprises a few billion Excel spreadsheets, Google, and Wikipedia….

SNIPPET #8

How to tell the world that you’re a patriot:

Patriot

SNIPPET #9

Speaking of boats, my wise old grandmother taught me to try to repurpose something instead of throwing it away. As she might have said 50 years ago: “Don’t throw anything away! There is no away!” This is my repurpose picture from recently:

Full boat

SNIPPET #10

Lastly, we’ll stick with a water/boat theme.

Sometimes the dog house is okay.

If I had a dog house like this:

The Dog House

….I might voluntarily banish myself there for weeks at a time….

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