I went to a Zoo!

It’s been about 18 years since I’ve been to the San Diego Zoo, when as a ten-year-old I ran ahead of my parents to see the pandas and subsequently got lost. While I managed to find my way back to them with relative ease (As I approached park staff after getting lost: “where are the pandas?” “Are you lost? Do you need help finding your parents?” “No. Where are the pandas?”), I didn’t understand quite how big and complex that zoo can be. Were it not for their map app with GPS location, I would have gotten lost several times in search of the pandas.

Known as one of the best zoos in the world, the San Diego Zoo lived up to its reputation. For everyone who recommended things to do in San Diego, the zoo was always at the top of the list. I spent four hours there and there was still plenty left to see. The food was even half decent! ($18 for a salad with feta, cranberries, and walnuts plus a side of carrots and celery).

I promised myself that I wouldn’t take any pictures because it’s hard to get good pictures of animals in a zoo. I took a bunch of pictures anyway. Enjoy.

Oh hai, Komodo Dragon
Mr or Mrs Snek
This bird in the aviary wanted to be a person and followed me around for a bit
Twenty-seven-year-old Bai Yun is returning to China next month after being in the US since she was five—what happened to the DREAM Act for pandas?
I used to watch Meerkat Manor in college
This panda is living my best life
Apologies for the fence in the foreground, but I need to point out that cheetahs have companion dogs!!! I don’t think this is the case in the wild, though
I watched the flamingos more than any other animal at the zoo. They had a synchronized dance that they would all do together: neck up, head left, head right, wings up, wings down, repeat. It was mesmerizing.
These giraffes were eerily still—they know what they did!

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