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Giant panda cub at the San Diego Zoo

Happy World Cat Day from Zoey the Cool Cat & some of her friends

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Happy World Cat Day from Zoey the Cool Cat & some of her friends!

Zoey the Cool Cat

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Six-month-old Giant Panda at the San Diego Zoo

Giant panda cub at the San Diego Zoo

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Red panda at the San Diego Zoo

Red panda at the San Diego Zoo

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Baby takin at the San Diego Zoo

Baby takin at the San Diego Zoo

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Baby visayan warty pig at the San Diego Zoo

Baby visayan warty pig at the San Diego Zoo

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Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

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Spot-nosed guenon at the San Diego Zoo

Spot-nosed guenon at the San Diego Zoo

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Forest buffalo at the San Diego Zoo

Forest buffalo at the San Diego Zoo

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Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

Guenon at the San Diego Zoo

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Pygmy marmoset at the San Diego Zoo

Pygmy marmoset at the San Diego Zoo

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Albino Burmese python at the San Diego Zoo

Albino Burmese python at the San Diego Zoo

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Johnston’s crocodiles at the San Diego Zoo

Johnston's crocodiles at the San Diego Zoo

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Spot-nosed guenon at the San Diego Zoo

Spot-nosed guenon at the San Diego Zoo

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Eastern Angolan colobus at the San Diego Zoo

Eastern Angolan colobus at the San Diego Zoo

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Rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo

Rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo

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Turtle at the San Diego Zoo

Turtle at the San Diego Zoo

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Elephant at the San Diego Zoo

Elephant at the San Diego Zoo

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Guanaco at the San Diego Zoo

Guanaco at the San Diego Zoo

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Jaguar at the San Diego Zoo

Jaguar at the San Diego Zoo

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Mama koala and her joey at the San Diego Zoo

Mama koala and her joey at the San Diego Zoo

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Mama lesser kudu and her baby at the San Diego Zoo

Mama lesser kudu and her baby at the San Diego Zoo

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Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Mama mallard duck and her ducklings at the San Diego Zoo

Mama mallard duck and her ducklings at the San Diego Zoo

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Desert bighorn sheep at the San Diego Zoo

Desert bighorn sheep at the San Diego Zoo

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Camel at the San Diego Zoo

Camel at the San Diego Zoo

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Squirrels at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego

Squirrels at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego

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Black-crowned night heron at Mission Bay in San Diego

Black-crowned night heron at Mission Bay in San Diego

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Robin(?) at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Robin(?) at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

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Pelicans at Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach

Pelicans at Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach

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Mourning dove looking through the window at Zoey the Cool Cat

Mourning dove looking through the window at Zoey the Cool Cat

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Dragonfly visiting my garden wall

Dragonfly visiting my garden wall

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Pigeon watching the Imperial Beach Surf Dog competition

Piegon watching the Imperial Beach Surf Dog competition

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Pigeon sharing my breakfast table at the beach

Pigeon sharing my breakfast table at the beach

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Osprey on Shelter Island in San Diego

Osprey on Shelter Island in San Diego

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Two-month-old flamingo chick at the San Diego Zoo

Two-month-old flamingo chick at the San Diego Zoo

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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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I’m Zoey the Cool Cat,
and I approve this post.Zoey the Cool Cat

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Polar bear at SeaWorld San Diego

A short visit to SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld

Some pictures and two flash videos from a recent visit to SeaWorld San Diego.

Polar bearPolar bear at SeaWorld San Diego

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Great Blue Heron (a visitor to SeaWorld like me!)Great blue heron at SeaWorld San Diego

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Emperor PenguinEmperor penguin at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea TurtleSea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Flamingos and Manta thrill rideFlamingos at SeaWorld San Diego

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Sea turtleSea turtle at SeaWorld San Diego

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Stonefish (can you find one of its eyes?)Stonefish at SeaWorld San Diego

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Turtle Reef without the turtles

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Flamingo lagoon and Manta thrill ride

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Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

It’s International Polar Bear Day!

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Since today is International Polar Bear Day, I thought I’d share some of my best polar bear pictures from the San Diego Zoo and from SeaWorld San Diego.

Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Polar Bear at SeaWorld San Diego

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Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Polar Bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Polar bear at SeaWorld San Diego

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Polar bears are being significantly affected by global warming. Polar bears are marine mammals that need Arctic ice to survive. As the ice melts, creating sea ice platforms that are farther and father apart, the polar bears must swim farther to find their main food source, seals.

In the past twenty years, the ice-free period in Canada’s Hudson Bay has increased by an average of twenty days, cutting the polar bears’ seal hunting season by nearly three weeks. Not only is the ice freezing later in the fall, but it is melting earlier in the spring, creating a narrower time frame for polar bears to hunt during the seal pupping season. Polar bear weight has declined by an average of 15 percent, causing a decrease in reproduction rates as well.

Scientists have found drowned polar bears in the Arctic, something never seen before, and an indication that polar bears are not being successful in swimming so far to hunt for food. One female polar bear swam for nine days, nonstop-across the Beaufort Sea, before reaching an ice floe. The journey cost her 22% of her weight. Her little cub died during the journey.

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Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

Polar bears just want to have fun

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On a trip to the San Diego Zoo recently, one of the polar bears was playing in the water with a couple of beach balls, picking the balls up with his front paws and throwing them at the window. He was having a great time showing off for us, and we were having a great time watching him. Unfortunately, 12 seconds into doing a video of him, the battery died. I had forgotten to charge it the night before. By the time I got the battery changed, the polar bear had moved on. I did get 12 seconds though!

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Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

You’re not the TV guy (featuring wildlife from the San Diego Zoo)

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I’m getting to the late spring and summer in my many hundreds of folders of uncataloged pictures, and that means there are a lot of pictures of the wildlife at the San Diego Zoo, the Safari Park, and SeaWorld San Diego. Following are some wildife that you will recognize, so I’ve added a caption rather than the name:

Flamingo feeding time at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock in full display at the San Diego Zoo

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For those who don’t recognize the following because it’s not running from a lion or jaguar on the Discovery Chanelle, it’s a gazelle.

Cuvier's Gazelle at the San Diego Zoo

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Elephant at the San Diego Zoo

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Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Flamingo at the San Diego Zoo

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That’s the rear end of a peacock just in case you didn’t know.

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Polar bear

Christmas fun with San Diego Zoo animals

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Christmas is rapidly approaching although it will never arrive because of the Mayan calendar. However, I still thought I’d have a little fun with a few San Diego Zoo animals.

Squirrel

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Bornean sun bear

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New Guinea singing dog

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Addra gazelle

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Meerkat

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Polar bear

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Looking for real estate services in San Diego County?
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