We woke up this morning and shared a lovely breakfast together before we started packing up the car for the day so that we could travel down to San Diego and the Wild Animal Park there.
We enjoyed another gorgeous morning and set off towards the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, California, near Escondido.
On our way there we noticed many signs along the highway. One of them was a commersial for the adopt a highway program. However mom as she didn’t see the first signs – she didn’t believe me when I made a joke for her to adopt a part of the highway. We later had to explain to her what the program was all about, that you can pay for people to maintain and keep clean a part of the highway, but place signs for your business along the side of the highway to show that you are paying for the maintenance of that part of the highway.
We made a short stop at a gas station in Fallbrook to refuel and they had a lovely flower store right next to it. Too bad we could not bring home the stuff from there.
Soon we were back on the road and found the San Diego Wild Animal park soon thereafter. The San Diego Wild Animal Park is one of the largest tourist attractions in San Diego County.
The park houses a large array of wild and endangered animals including species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia.
The park is visited by around 2 million people annually and has an area of 1,800 acres (730 ha) and, in 2005, housed 3,000 animals of more than 400 species plus 3,500 species of unique plants.
At first we spent some time in the village and we had lunch before we set off. I bought a few mugs that I loved and hence brought with me. After lunch we started walking around looking at the animals and we found a playground for the kids and a man was entertaining the kids by blowing the biggest soap bubbles. Zara was in love with them!
Zara was superhappy with all the attention she got in the park. Here mamma following her every bid :D
We visited the Nairobi Village and Gorilla Forest, the Hidden Jungle and the African Woods and African Outpost.
The San Diego Wild Animal park is in a semi-arid environment and one of its most notable features is the Africa Tram which explores the expansive African exhibits. These free-range enclosures house such animals as antelopes, giraffes, buffalo, cranes, and rhinos.
Here little Maya enjoying her ride in the Africa Tram
My sister and myself in the Africa Tram.
It was a lovely round trip around the great areas of the park just before sunset. We visited the Asian Savanna and the African Plains
Click here to take a peak at the map over the park
The park is also noted for its California condor breeding program, the most successful such program in the United States.
The last 22 condors were taken into captivity in 1987. To breed the condors quickly, the Safari Park would remove the eggs from the nests to induce the females to lay a second egg.The removed egg hatches in an incubator and is raised with a condor handpuppet to prevent human imprinting, while the second egg is raised by its parents. Captive-bred condors were reintroduced into the wild beginning in 1992, and today their population is 369, with 191 in the wild as of March 2011.
After the tour, we hurried back to the entrance area as the park was about to close down and we had to get back to Norco in time for the kids bed time.
All in all we had a fantastic day together.
When we got home we sent the kids off to bed before we made a delicious dinner for the grown ups and enjoyed a nice evening at home.