Out and About: San Diego Zoo Safari Park

July 22, 2014

I can never pass up the chance to run wild in my hometown, sunny San Diego, California. I had the opportunity to do so last week when my family visited the Safari Park, which was a first for me. I liked it better than the world-famous San Diego Zoo (blasphemous, I know) because it was closer to my home and had all the animals I love.

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This loony look of sheer delight didn’t leave my face while we were there.

See more excitement after the jump!

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The tigers were up and at ’em when we visited. Check out this beauty.

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Little Jordan gets a closer look at this fierce feline.

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The giraffes feasted on leaves in the calm of the afternoon.

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So much pink from this flock of flamingos.

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The baby gorilla on his mom’s back stole the show.

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The whole family loaded into the Africa Tram for a guided tour of the animals in their “natural” habitats. That’s my sister-in-law, Stephanie, and brother Karim taking in the sights.

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Drink in the scenic views.

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Oh, a lion decided to take a cat nap on the hood of this safari jeep. No biggie.

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My favorite part of the park was the “Frequent Flyers” bird show. I got to see this little guy and an array of avian species flying close by. Later on, I was selected to participate in the part of the show where the park’s yellow-billed hornbill, aptly named Trouble, walks across the arms of audience members, demonstrating how the species hops from tree branches in the wild.

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Moments after a falcon swooped down in front of us, landing on the perch to our right. It was exhilarating!

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I love my nieces and nephew! Aaliyah, Allison and Jordan — the three amigos.

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My sister, Ayesha, with my littlest nice, Abigail. So precious.

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Watch out now. I’m a leaping lemur! (I couldn’t resist.) Until next time, Safari Park.

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