I love playing tourist in my own town.
A few days ago I took an opportunity to show some visitors around San Diego Zoo Safari Park,
which was as much of a treat for me as it was for them,
considering that I haven't been there in almost ten years.
Now I'm sure that many of you are familiar with the world-famous San Diego Zoo,
but what you might not know is that along with the Safari Park,
these two facilities are a part of a conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide.
To date, the organization has reintroduced 33 species back into the wild including:
5 species of reptiles, 17 species of birds, and 10 species of mammals.
In many cases, these efforts have meant the difference between extinction and survival.
Taking a guided tour around the facilities was truly an eye-opening experience.
I also had a chance to pick out some critters that I'd like to adopt as pets...
|Head over heels in love with the short chunky goat on the right.|
|Giraffes are some of my favorite mammals.|
Such beautiful animals. And how cute is the baby? Squeal!
|Have I ever mentioned that I used to have a chinchilla for a pet?|
Yep, her name was Gucci, and she was the cutest thing ever!
This one looks just like her.
|Oh my gosh, it's official, pacas are the cutest rodents. I want one!|
|I became obsessed with this meerkat. He followed me around and would just sit back and chill.|
Totally reminded me of Timone from Lion King.. Hakuna Matata!
|So many babies around! This little gorilla was very active.|
If you're ever in San Diego, don't miss out on the Safari Park.
I had such a great time there, and I'm sure you will too!