Our family had the opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo last month during a quick escape from the Polar Vortex. It was our first family outing just the four of us in quite some time. We spent an entire Sunday under sunny San Diego skies admiring the animals and the impressive grounds. We lucked out when a local resident handed us a 50 percent admission coupon as we walked to the entrance to buy our tickets. Thank you, kind stranger, for helping us share such a memorable day.
You definitely need a map to wander the grounds and cover everything, like we did. The canyon trail where the bears lived was a highlight.
This mama hippo was nursing her little one, who was sitting under the water as I snapped this photo above.
The red panda highlighted my mood in January 2019. I began the year with motivation but struggled during the never-ending month.
I share this photo of the panda, which a volunteer called the highlight of the zoo, because this is what we saw after waiting 20 minutes in line. I would recommend arriving early in the morning when animals are typically more active, but who knows — maybe the panda likes naps?
The flamingos were the first animals we spotted and greeted.
The koalas would be another spirit animal. Aren’t they just SO ADORABLE.
We always love seeing gorillas.
The jaguar was super active when we visited, which I have never witnessed at any other zoo.
Doesn’t this photo above give off “Black Swan” vibes?
I thought I would be terrified to ride the Aerial Tram, but it wasn’t too scary, even for someone afraid of heights. It was included in the cost of admission.
The elephant cooled off on a warm day. I wished I could have splashed around in the water, too!
We also had to say hello to the giraffes.
Have you been to the San Diego Zoo?