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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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SeaWorld visit on July 28, 2013

Out & About

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I have been so busy with home inspections this summer that I have neglected going to SeaWorld. That changed on Sunday when the scheduled home inspection was postponed at the last minute.

Some of my competition charge a cancellation fee if the cancellation is less than 24 hours before the scheduled inspection. I do not. As I often tell prospective Clients and Realtors: “If you have to cancel the inspection at the last minute, I’ll simply take a little mini-vacation and go to the Zoo or SeaWorld. That’s how I’m able to make myself available to you 24/7 down the road.”

A lot changed at SeaWorld between Sunday and my previous visit on April 19, 2013. The entrance has been moved, and the exit has been moved to near the entrance. Trying to get out of SeaWorld on a busy weekend day is horrible…. one exit line (and it was a line!) versus about twenty entrance lines…. mass confusion…. It’s like SeaWorld is trying to prevent people from leaving….

Following are a few pictures of the wildlife at SeaWorld, including a couple of flash videos.

Eurasian Eagle-Owl

Eurasian Eagle-owl

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Harris’s Hawk

Harris's Hawk

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Walrus

Walrus

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Magellanic Penguin (adult)

Magellanic Penguin

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Magellanic Penguin (chick)

Unknown bird

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Flipper about to chow down on a fish

Flipper

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American Beaver

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Manta roller coaster

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Manta Rays

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Bird art

So why do I keep taking pictures………………?

Out & About San Diego

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I never really much cared for wildlife art, especially when I can see the real thing at the beach, the various wildlife preserves, SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, and Safari Park.

So why do I keep taking pictures of bird art?

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Flamingo art

Flamingo art from a home inspection

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Flamingo art

Flamingo art from a Gay Pride parade

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Pelican art

Pelican art from a plant nursery

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Pelican art

Pelican art from a home inspection

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Bird art

Bird art bench in downtown San Diego at the harbor

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Bird art in the street median in Mission Hills

Bird art in the street median in Mission Hills

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Bird art

Bird art at the San Diego Zoo

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Parrot art

Parrot art at a San Diego Zoo store

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Bird art

Bird art at the San Diego Zoo

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Bird art

Bird art at a home inspection

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Ostrich egg art

Fake ostrich eggs at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park

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The Californian, official tall ship of the State of California

Rommel and the USS Midway

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Out & About San Diego

 

I am quite serious when I tell you that if you come to San Diego, call me and I’ll be happy to play docent for a while.

Over the years I’ve played docent on a scenic driving tour of the the San Diego metropolitan area, at the San Diego Zoo, at Safari Park, at SeaWorld, of Coronado Island, and, yesterday, the USS Midway.

Rommel came down from Oxnard. He let me know about a month in advance that he was coming, and I was only too happy to set aside time to meet a fellow WordPress blogger and spend a little time with him.

Rommel has a military ID of some sort, so he got onto the USS Midway free. He also offered to pay my $18 entrance fee and before I could say anything, the ticket booth lady was taking his money. Thanks, Rommel!

We had a great time touring the aircraft carrier, taking pictures of all the planes on deck and in the hangar. I also got pictures of the USS Carl Vinson parked across the bay at North Island Naval Station, the downtown San Diego skyline, and even the Californian, the official tall ship of the State of California which was out for a cruise of the bay.

Depending on what you want to do and where you want to go, I might also have some discount coupons for you. I’m a member of the San Diego Zoological Society (Zoo and Safari Park) and SeaWorld, so I’ll often have free passes for them. If you don’t call, it’s your loss. 🙂

Thanks, Rommel. I had a great time and hope you did, too!

Rommel taking pictures of the San Diego skyline from the flight deck of the USS MIdway

Rommel taking pictures of the San Diego skyline from the flight deck of the USS MIdway


 

Rommel taking pictures inside the command tower of the USS MIdway

Rommel taking pictures inside the command tower of the USS MIdway


 

USS Midway flight deck from the command tower

USS Midway flight deck from the command tower


 

USS Midway hangar deck

USS Midway hangar deck


 

The Californian, official tall ship of the State of California

The Californian, official tall ship of the State of California


 

USS Midway in San Diego, California

USS Midway in San Diego, California


 

USS Midway in San Diego, California

USS Midway in San Diego, California


 

USS Midway flight deck

USS Midway flight deck


 

South San Diego skyline and Coronado Bridge from the USS Midway command tower

South San Diego skyline and Coronado Bridge from the USS Midway command tower


 

F/A 18 Hornet in its "Top Gun" colors

F/A 18 Hornet in its “Top Gun” colors


 

Partial San Diego skyline from the USS Midway

Partial San Diego skyline from the USS Midway


 

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Park bench

Sit Stay Heal

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Out & About San Diego

 

I see benches everywhere but no one sitting on them. Even at the bus stops, people won’t sit on the benches, for some reason preferring to stand.

1 – Wagon benchWagon bench

 

2 – Old Town San Diego benchWagon bench

 

3 – Back yard benchBack yard seating

 

4 – Park bench at SeaWorld San DiegoPark bench

 

5 – Tijuana River Estuary benchPark bench

 

6 – Park bench on Catalina IslandPark bench

 

7 – Park bench at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari ParkPark bench

 

8 – Bench at San Diego Botanic GardenPark bench and light pole

 

9 – Bench at San Diego Botanic GardenPark bench

 

10 – Park bench on Catalina IslandPark bench and trash can

 

11 – Bench at Cuyamaca Water Conservation GardenPark bench

 

12 – Bus stop bench at 70th Street StationBus stop bench

 

13 – Hotel bench near the San Diego Convention CenterHotel bench

 

Maybe my next set of bench pictures will require a tripod and camera remote control, to be titled “Self portraits on benches.” Or something like that.

 

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What a life….

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I livew in my own little world

 

The only place I’ve ever seen a porcupine is at a zoo. Unfortunately, they have always been sleeping or hiding from my camera.

I stopped by SeaWorld today after my early morning home inspection. There running around on the grassy lawn was a porcupine. I guess you know I took some pictures.

Porcupine at Seaworld San Diego

 

Porcupine at Seaworld San Diego

 

Porcupine at Seaworld San Diego

 

That’s Tolero (or something like that), a two-year-old crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata) who is employed as a SeaWorld ambassador, which means he gets lots of attention, lots of food, and gets to travel free of charge to schools, conventions, and the like. What a life….

 

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One of our newer residents of the San Diego Zoo: The fennec fox

Picture of the momentI go to the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, or SeaWorld at least once a week. Sometimes I make all three, except when work gets in the way.

There is a “Children’s Zoo” at the San Diego Zoo, and I had always skipped it since I didn’t have any children and I really didn’t think that children were on exhibit. A couple of years ago I wandered into the Children’s Zoo just to look around. What a pleasant surprise! I’m not really sure why they call it the Children’s Zoo since it has some animals that are not seen in other parts of the Zoo.

One of our newer residents of the San Diego Zoo is the fennec fox (Vulpes zerda), and it happens to be located in the Children’s Zoo.

Fennec fox at the San Diego Zoo

Fennec fox at the San Diego Zoo

Fennec fox at the San Diego Zoo

My, what big ears he has!

Things of interest about the fennec fox:

    • Indigenous to the Sahara Desert in North Africa.
    • Its hearing is so sensitive (explains the big ears!) that it can hear its prey moving underground, a useful trait I suppose if you live in the Sahara Desert.
    • Its fur is valued by the native peoples of North Africa.
    • It is an exotic pet in some parts of the world.
    • It’s conservation status is listed as a species of “least concern.”
    • Not much is known of their social behaviour and basic ecology in the wild. I mean, would you want to spend all your time in the Sahara Desert studying them?
    • They are able to live without a source of water, getting all they need from the food they eat. That explains the Sahara Desert.
    • It is the national animal of Algeria.
    • Interestingly, although it is not considered domesticated, it can be kept in settings similar to those of your cat or dog.
    • As with all exotic pets, owning one varies by city, county, and/or state.
    • It is said to be the smallest species of Canid in the world, but I want to question that since the canids include domestic dogs, as well as foxes, wolves, jackals, and coyotes. The fennec fox weighs from 1½ to 3½ pounds, is 9-16 inches long, and stands about 8 inches tall. Aren’t there some dogs that small?

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