The San Diego Zoo is a must see. Remember to look online for discount tickets or at the hotel for discount coupons.
There are maps available and we found that the guides were very helpful – we asked what to see first and the guide recommended Panda Canyon because later in the day the line waits increase. Later on in the day we asked a guide for directions to the Gorillas since we seemed to be going in circles – the guides really know the shortcuts through the park to get you to a specific exhibit quickly.
Take advantage of the Guided Bus Tour – we should have done this earlier in the day – gives you a good layout of what to see and do – we did this later in the day and ended up doing some backtracking to certain areas. The SkyFari Aerial Tram gives you a great aerial view of the Zoo. This is included in the price of your ticket – must show your ticket to get on, but no additional fees.
One of the giraffes was giving birth that afternoon. I checked on the Zoo’s Website & It’s a Boy! We saw two legs out and did not know how long the process would take so moved on to other exhibits. We also saw a baby hippo [born 1/26/2011] (this little guy looked like he had a smile on his face at one point) with its mom (Funani) and a baby gorilla giving its mom kisses.
The monkeys are always fun to watch. Some animals were busy napping – I never knew a Rhino laid down on its side to rest. The koalas were having a slumber party – look so cute and cuddly even when napping. The flamingos were beautiful in pink and the elephants were majestic. The tigers were being a little elusive while the lion in the Elephant Odyssey was letting everyone know he was truly the King of the Zoo that day. The Panda’s exhibit was set up so you could get up close and personal with the pandas – the male was awake and eating breakfast while the female was still sleeping.
Top 3 Favorite Exhibits
- Elephant Odyssey
- Panda Canyon
- Lost Forest (Hippos, Gorillas, Orangutans, Monkeys, Tigers, & Flamingos)
We had some time before the Zoo opened so we walked around Balboa Park. The Botanical Gardens are Free to the Public. The architecture was amazing and great for photographing.