San Deigo Wildlife Safari Park

One of the places I went on my big birthday trip last month the San Diego Wildlife Safari Park. I loved it, I mean, I loved it. It was the coolest place ever. When we went it was raining, but that didn’t seem to put a damper on anything. It actually helped reduce the amount of people at the park. So my view of a lot of the animals was unhindered. I loved it so much that we went back one more time before we left to go home.

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For those of you who don’t know about the San Diego wildlife Safari Park, it is indeed in San Diego California down by Escondido. The park is 1800 acres and houses over 2600 animals from 300+ species. What makes this place so cool is the exhibits are, for the most part, cage free. What I mean is although there are ways of keeping the animals in, throughout the old cages one sees in zoos. Please put the fences and other restraints in clever ways that hide them from view. When you are looking at the animals, you are seeing them as is you were in their native home. Don’t get me wrong there are cages, and there are some that are visible to the eye, the Avairy’s, the monkeys, some of the other animals are definitely in cages. There is one exhibit which they call free range enclosure, that is so big I saw giraffes run at full gallop. I honestly have never seen giraffes run in a zoo enclosure. So very cool.

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The wildlife Park is an extension of the San Diego zoo and the zoological Society of San Diego runs both. The park is Southern California’s quarantine center for zoo animals imported into the United States. An astounding 2 million people annually visit this park, about 200 of them when it’s raining in September. So the park has the world’s largest veterinary hospital and next to the hospital is the Institute for conservation research. The Institute for conservation research holds the parts “frozen zoo” that holds the sperm, eggs, and embryos of endangered and extinct animals.

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The original idea of the park was to be a supplementary breeding facility for the San Diego zoo. It developed into species conservation and breeding of animals for the San Diego zoo, as well as other zoos. The wildlife Park is known for its breeding of the endangered condor and because of their efforts have been able to release quite a few back into the wild. They have done that with other animals as well. When we were on the Safari tram, the driver told us about some of the animals that are native to other countries that were released back to those countries.  One of the countries, the population of animals had disappeared completely.

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It’s not just in  wildlife  the Park has also been named the conservation of plants. They have so many endangered species of plants and in rare species. I’m not really into rare and endangered plants, but I’m glad they are. What I’m really into his rhinoceroses. I don’t know what is really dig rhinoceroses. San Diego wildlife Park has several PCs of rhinoceros including Northern White Rhinos.  On December 14, 2014, 44-year-old male Northern white rhinos died at the park. This leaves only five more than right rhinos left in the world. One of them is a female at the Safari Park. There is DNA in the frozen zoo though. With research, I was told they hope to bring back the northern white rhino. Just makes me very sad that  of died because of their horns.

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I really did enjoy myself if you can’t tell and I really hope you enjoyed some of the pictures I have put into this post I highly recommend going to the San Diego wildlife Park.

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