Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Zootiful Day

For the Monkeys, no visit to San Diego is complete without a trip to the world-famous zoo.
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Torry had never been, so it was exciting to experience it with her. that girl and that boy happened to be free on Sunday, so they came along for the fun, too.

The koalas were cute but very very sleepy.
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Yellow-backed duiker.
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Loved the meerkats!
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Crafty elephant.
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This guanaco wasn't skittish like the ones we saw in Chile.
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Dancing rhino! Not really.
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We love giraffes. They are so gentle and sweet.
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Camel butt.
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Red river hog.
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Polar bear through a dirty window.
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Exhausted parent.
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Western red-flanked duiker.
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This southern gerenuk was one of the dumbest creatures I'd ever seen. Here he is looking totally normal. Kinda cute even.
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Then he stuck his face in his friend's nether regions.
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He dove really deep.
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Then his friend peed all over his head, and he made this face.
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He had this distorted look for a really long time. We were all laughing so hard at him. It was a like a Billy Idol sneer.

And then he licked his peed-on face! So stupid!
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Otters rule!
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Me! Ha!
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Snack time.
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This crazy hippo loved squashing himself against the glass.
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Despite its familiar domesticated appearance, this is actually a fierce fishing cat.
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Scary monkey.
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The gorillas were so fun to watch, especially the baby.
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The orangutans were great, too. I love primates. Obviously.
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This sun bear wouldn't stop digging, so we pretended that the random fur on the log in his enclosure was an animal. So. Weird.
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Bored hyena.
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My favorite part of the day was seeing the pandas. Twice!
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It was little Zhen Zhen's first birthday on Sunday! The zoo gave her a present with non-toxic pink paint for her to enjoy, but Zhen Zhen just slept in a tree all day.
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Instead, Zhen Zhen's mother Bai Yun played with her daughter's birthday present, which is why she has some pink marks on her snout!
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Su Lin's third birthday was on Saturday. We came at the perfect time to celebrate both of these cubs' milestones. Seriously adorable.
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Then it was Creepy Mask Time. Somehow, Torry still looked cute in her mask.
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We ended the day with lots of amphibians and reptiles. The only one I actually liked was the Galapagos tortoise.
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We bid that girl and that boy adieu around 8:30 p.m. and began the drive home. We were still full from brunch at that point! But, as we neared L.A., we stopped and chowed at In-N-Out. Mr. Monkey had a gift card, so dinner was gratis.

Lovely weather. Fun friends and family. Cutie pandas. Free double-doubles.

Life is good.


  1. Love the zoo and all your lovely pics are the next best thing to being there myself!

  2. i looove the zoo and loved going through your great pics. otters definitely rule, and the pandas are just precious. ending the day with in-n-out is icing on the cake, especially if you splurged on a shake. ;-)

  3. Awesome pics! The ones of the southern gerenuk (along with your commentary) cracked me up. :)

  4. Hurray for the zoo! Love your photos of the panda and other animals.

  5. nice photos. my former dental hygienist liked to talk about meerkat manor every time i was in her chair.

    the pandas are SO cute.

  6. I seriously think we walked a million miles that day. But it was worth it to see the gorillas pounding glass and the orangutans rolling rolling rolling.

  7. AAHHHH! I love this post. Fiance calls me Little Panda, and I call him Monkey. I emailed him the post for him to enjoy as well.

  8. hi :)
    looks like the best time! your photos of the animals are amazing, professional looking!

  9. LOVE the zoo!!!

    especially the pandas,zebras, and gorilla's!!

    LOL @ Camel butts.....better then camel toe right???.........:P

    I ALWAYS wanted a gorilla and put him in pampers...and carry around like a baby.....so cute!

  10. i am so cute on my birthday! almost as cute as scary monkey.


  11. *hee* at Scary Monkey -- not the intended effect.

    Love the meerkat shots. :) Jack does a meerkat pose when he sits on the sofa; I'll have to post a pic sometime.

  12. I love animals. I love your pictures. And I want to take the bored hyena home with me.

  13. Awww, love those pandas! They remind me of the kids in the toddler room at work. Paint and then sleep.

  14. Your favorites are most of my favorites too. I've never been to the San Diego Zoo. I hope to remedy that someday.

  15. Yay for meerkats and baby gorillas!

  16. that part about the gerenuk made me spit out my Pepsi - hilarious!

  17. Your pictures came out great! They're so sharp and up close...The peed-on antelope made my day.

  18. i've got a friend or two whose head(s) i'd love to pee on at times.

  19. we pink puffy <3 the zoo.

    how great is monkey trails?!

    the meerkats, pandas and koalas are big favs of ours, too.

  20. The giraffe pics are the cutest! What a fun SD weekend!

  21. I love the zoo.
    I would hate getting my face peed on.
    I forgot I commented on this already. lol


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