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San Diego: Balboa Park (Animals)

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This was going to be part of the last post, but it got a bit long. I had a bit of a time crunch as I absolutely had to leave San Diego on the Friday, and was dithering over whether I wanted to go to the zoo or to Sea World (I kind of wanted to see the Midway as well, but I clambered all over the Mighty Mo in Hawaii so decided I'd seen my naval ships for the trip). I ended up going to the zoo, mainly because it was so convenient, being in Balboa Park and included in the week long passport I had bought. My main impression is that there has been a huge of amount of money spent on making it a good visitor experience (the landscaping is impressive) but I came away thinking there weren't actually all that many animals, and a bit concerned that the living environment of some seemed not exactly plush. So I went in about 3:00 in the afternoon and came out just after dark at 5:30 satisfied I had seen all there was to see: some of the animals were cuter than others. Some of my photos came out better than others: I don't really have a whole lot to say about the animals, so this is really just a collection of the photos I am happiest with.

Here's an ordinary old duck (not served with veges and rice (yet)) and his more colourful cousin, the mallard

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I found the Central Asian Camel really oddly shaped and wondered how they got about, and with a face that reminded me of a bear

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Forgot to record what these were

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Of course there were elephants

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but I'd never seen a secretary bird

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Leopard

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I'd never seen a Southern Gerenuk (from Tanzania) but found them to be quite endearing

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So were the zebras

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There were a whole bunch of flamingoes, settling in for the night

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The hippo was extraordinarily difficult to get a photo of - he spent his time submerged and my camera couldn't tell the difference between hippo and water (stupid technology) - he was surprisingly nimble when he set off swimming

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The lion was also quite hard to get a shot of, as it was asleep behind some quite reflective glass

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Finally, there was a South African animal I'd never heard of, a bontebok

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Posted by NZBarry 31.12.2012 22:34 Archived in USA

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