Did you know there were 42 Things to Do at the San Diego Zoo? Yep. 42 things. More if you count all the animals…
While Vanessa was here visiting from Australia, we went to the San Diego Zoo. World renowned, it is a fabulous place full of fun and adventure. However, on the day we went, it was crowded! Once you were inside the zoo, it didn’t seem so crowded, but the parking lot was almost full!
After parking way out in left field, Vanessa and I went in and made a beeline for food! Tiffany and the Princesses P were on their way in a separate car and wouldn’t be joining us for about an hour. So, hungry because it was close to noon, Vanessa and I went to one of the many grills at the zoo and chowed down on burgers and fries!
Then, we headed to the Camp Critters show at the Wegeforth Bowl. With only one show all day (on the day we went to the zoo), we didn’t want to miss it!
An Andean Condor swooped down over our heads in the amphitheater, landing on the stage! Magnificent!
The Sea Lion show was entertaining and funny! Since Tiffany and the Princesses P had not yet arrived, we went on to the Reptile House.
I have no idea what kind of snakes are in the photos above, but I’m pretty proud of the photos because they were taken in the dark Reptile House through glass! Yes, all the snakes are behind glass! I was able to capture a few photos with no reflection! Although I’m pretty skittish of snakes and wouldn’t dream of going near one, I think these snakes are beautiful!
Finally, Tiffany and the Princesses P arrived and we met them by the front entrance!
Photo op with the Flamingos!
Then, off to catch a Guided Bus Tour ride!
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my…
Then off to some aviaries…
Then down into a canyon to see what we could see…
Actually, on second thought, I think this is an orangatang! The glass was covered with fingerprints and my camera would only focus on those!
This one, too, is through glass, but he was high-in-the-sky up in his perch, so no fingerprints on the glass in that rarefied air!
We found a juggler…
“Do you think he’s going to drop the ball?” Princess Sweetie Pie asks her older sister, Princess P.
Off to the Panda exhibit and we’re in for a treat – one of the baby Pandas is in a tree!
Where to go next? Koalafornia, that’s where!
On the way, we meet Churchill P. Bear and he poses with Princess P.
We see exotic birds “under wire” instead of “on the wire.”! Camera focused on wires instead of bird! Argh!
We pass totems…
Sleeping wallabies and hyena…
Kangaroo Paws…and, finally, finally, finally – the Koalas!
Oh, wait, those aren’t real Koalas! Where are the real Koalas?
All sleeping…cute Koalas!
Off to ride the Skyfari…
We see a reindeer from above!
Soaring over San Diego!
Back down to earth, we watch the acrobats on the trampoline…
And the Didgeri-Dude and the contortionist on the Koalafornia Boardwalk!
We get our picture taken to commemorate the day – look how Vanessa towers over us! She’s 6′ 2″!
Here’s a list of…
42 Things to Do at the San Diego Zoo
- Guided Bus Tour – 35-minute, narrated bus tour through the Zoo
- Express Bus – hop on and off at 5 locations throughout the Zoo
- Petting Zoo – Pet pygmy goats and sheep
- Skyfari Aerial Tram – skim the treetops from one end of the zoo to the other
- Panda Viewing in Panda Canyon
- Panda Trek
- Camp Critters Sea Lion Show at Wedeforth Bowl
- Animal Encounters close-up with an animal ambassador
- Koalafornia Boardwalk
- Zoo Characters – have your photo taken
- Dr. Zoolittle Explores Australia
- Strength act by The Boardwalkers
- Listen to beach music performed by the Sand Band
- Austrialiana – Aussie lore comes to life through acrobatic and aerial acts
- Boomer – the stilt walker
- Roo Crew – trampoline acrobats
- Outback Band
- The Walkabout street procession
- Keeper Talks: Maned Wolves, Pangolin Presentation, Lions or Jaguars
- African Rocks
- Elephant Odyssey
- Asian Passage
- Northern Frontier
- Lost Forest
- Hippo Trail
- Discovery Outpost
- Fisher Price Discovery Playground
- Reptile House
- Tiger Trail
- Fern Canyon Trail
- Parker Aviary
- Monkey Trail
- Scripps Aviary
- Clark Theater (4-D Theater) – Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
- Treetops Learning Center
- Big Cat Trail
- Owens Aviary
- Hunte Amphitheater
- Dining at many restaurants, grills and cafes
I’m sure I’ve left something out! The San Diego Zoo is huge and trying to see it all in one day challenging! Be sure to visit the San Diego Zoo’s website for more details, current events, videos and more!