You Belong in a Zoo…

We finally made it out to the San Diego Zoo to check out the new elephant exhibit so, of course, I have to share some cute photos!

We found what is, quite possibly, the largest, hairiest, and — most likely, though we didn’t get close enough to catch a whiff — stinkiest camel ever. He also had a mouth of spit churning along in there so I tried to keep my distance!

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Later, he and his female friend turned their backs on us. He had quite a few female followers but we didn’t catch any camel action (for which I’m quite thankful).

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Our zoo and Wild Animal Park does night hours during the summer and stays open until 9 p.m., which offers some excellent opportunities to see some animals wide awake and playful when they’re usually dozing during the day.

This hyena was very alert and active.

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We also had to stop by the meerkats, since they are too cute to walk past. He’s happy he lives here and not at Meerkat Manor.

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And on to the new elephant exhibit! It’s HUGE and so much nicer than their old home. Some of the big cats also now live in this area, with a much larger play area.

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This little guy really wasn’t sure if he wanted to come out and play with the big boys. He stayed in the doorway a good 10 minutes, just swaying back and forth and dancing to his own music.

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Here’s one of my favorites! The display sign said he likes to make “hay hats.” Um, cuteness overload? I really wanted to take him home, but he sadly wouldn’t fit in the car.

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I also came across some other wild animals, but they didn’t seem as keen to be photographed. Such a travesty.

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~ by spontaneoustruth on August 25, 2009.

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