Safari Park Animals

Some of our friends had a spare guest pass for the San Diego Zoo – and gave it to me! That was a nice surprise. The pass was good for both the zoo itself and the Safari Park in Escondido – the latter is relatively close to where we live so I decided to go there.

I brought the camera with me, but found the zoo animal photos so far outside of everything that I normally photograph that I decided to share them here, on my personal blog. It was interesting to realize how clearly I can draw the line in this case – even though I think I’m quite generous and flexible when it comes to adding photographs to my online photo archive… 🙂

I mainly wanted to make photos of the Sumatran Tigers – I saw them on a previous visit when I didn’t have the camera with me, and found them absolutely fascinating. They lazily dose an awful lot though! On this visit I was lucky – one of the tigers reacts to a particular zoo warden keeper apparently, and follows him around. It gave me a chance of making some photos of the beautiful creature standing. I do have to say that my photos do not really show the size of these majestic beasts. The head alone is probably the size of a basketball, perhaps even larger. It’s truly impressive when seen in person.

After this first station I just walked around – the butterfly house/exhibition was open but after I saw the long line of people waiting to get in, I decided to skip it. Walking through the “Nairobi Village” the tiny Fennec Fox was sleeping curled up on a log. Contestant for cutest thing you’ll see there, I’d say. 🙂

Sleeping Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda), Safari Park, Escondido, California, March 2018. Sleeping Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda), Safari Park, Escondido, California, March 2018.

Then the Southern Gerenuk were posing for the camera nicely:

The bird enclosure near the exit, called “Wings of the World” was my last stop. I had seen the Scarlet Ibises in flight at the “Frequent Flyer” show and their intense color in the sunlight was absolutely captivating. A few other birds were also close enough for my 70-200mm lens:

I really liked “Wings of the World”. Maybe I’ll haul my 200-500mm in there next time.

The San Diego Zoo doesn’t allow commercial usage of their photos without permission, so these pictures are not available for licensing. If you want to use my photos on your own blog or website, please contact me to see if that’s okay.

2 thoughts on “Safari Park Animals

    1. I didn’t know the right word so I looked up the translation from German and both were possible – I guess context matters! Keeper sounded more like game though and I didn’t want to think of zoo animals as game (which I associated with hunting)… well, now I know better. 😅 Thanks Joe. I’ll update it.

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