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PASADENA... part 3
(griffin's 2011 BotCon report)


SATURDAY MAY 28TH

Today I woke up at 6.30, which was 5 hours... I dont think I got a full nights sleep while I was away, but I never felt really tired. I guess it must have been the excitement of the entire trip.
The others were awake at about 7am, as that was the time we needed to be up to get to the San Diego Zoo.
We did the usual stuff - eat the free breakfast, shower, change, and were out by 9.20.  This time we were heading south, right into San Diego, and within 25 minutes we were in the Zoo parking lot. It was fairly early, and at least it was free parking (unlike Legoland and Disneyland).

The visit to the Zoo was one of the first things Ian wanted to do while in America, as a family thing, and since it was a significant zoo in the world, I figured it would still be worth going.  I've been to zoos before, and animals you can see on TV or in books or on the internet, but there is an element of being able to see these things in person, before (some) no longer exist. And there's stuff to learn too, that could be useful someday.

The first thing we did was the 30minute Zoo bus tour, which covers most of the park, so that we know where things are for looking at later.
Then it was on foot for the rest of the time, until about 5.30pm, which was near closing time, as the crowds were filing out the exit with us.

Making our way to the Bust Tour location, a couple of Peacocks were entertaining the crowds by strutting their stuff among the people. This was one of them.

That was near one of the flamingo enclosures.

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On the tour, we saw the following animals.
A lion sleeping (apparently sleeps 20 hours a day, and the females do the hunting).

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Vultures and a Rhino
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Hyenas

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Wallabies

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Lioness

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Giraffe

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Kangaroo

That was the end of the Bus Tour.
We walked around most of the park in a clockwise direction from the entrance, starting with the 'Discovery Outpost'.
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A couple of mid-sized Tortoises

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Bigger ones.  If they are about to mate, this might take a while...

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Big enclosure for about a dozen Galapogas Turtles.

Most are about 100 years old, with one being said to be 115 years old.

Such a sexy beast...

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An iguana

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Skeleton of a Crocodile

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A Cobra

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Snapping Turtle (this thing was massive, like, the size of a large dog)

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A legless lizard resting its head on a lizard. (it looks like a snake, but is actually a lizard)

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I saw the picture of burgers out of the corner of my eye. (I wouldn't mind having a diet of 300 burgers a day)

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A couple of interesting bits of info I didn't know.
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A gorilla statue.

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In the insect house.
Cicada and moths. Beetles and a Dragonfly.
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More beetles

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A scorpion

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An active ant nest

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A couple of very colourful birds.

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A flamingo enclosure. Quite a few were nesting, as their young were expected to hatch in just a couple weeks time.

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Mamosets I think.

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Baboon

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Gorillas sleeping, in some odd positions.

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Salamander I think, which was stuck to the other side of the glass, showing its underside.

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Alligators or Crocodiles (can't remember which they were)

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Pigmy Hippos, and a monkey drinking.

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Alligator or a crocodile

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Weird African animal I can't remember the name of.

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Hippo with its baby.

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Eagle (this was a huge bird)

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Zebras

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Polar bear

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Full size statues of the 3 ages of a polar bear.

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Reindeer

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Random enclosure

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Another enclosure with mixed animals

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Leopard

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Llamas

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Dung beetles... ewwww

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A tarantula mooning the camera.

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Elephants

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Vultures and a Wallaby
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Giraffes

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Rhinos

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Rhinos having lunch.
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Kangaroos

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Kookaburra

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A sign next to an empty enclosure (it had a pair in during the bus tour, but when we were there on foot later, it was empty).  This was interesting, as it talks about how they actually manage to have some animals pairing up with domesticated animals, for company I guess... it can get boring on their own if they are a one-off animal at the zoo in their own enclosure).

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Meerkats

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Koala enclosure. They apparently have the largest collection of Koalas outside of Australia... and more than I've ever seen in Australia.

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Awwww, isn't he cute enough to cuddle and want to take home?

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Kookaburra

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Lorikeets

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At the end of the day near the entrance, I saw this little fella (a squirrel) running along the outer wall of the Zoo and then jumping into the garden... not a resident of the zoo, but dropping by for a look.

So we left there at about 5.30 and went straight back to the hotel (by 6pm). We were so tired from all the walking, we didn't even feel like going anywhere (toy or food related).  We all went next door for Taco Bell for dinner, which for me was how lazy I was - willing to eat at a franchise I'm not too keen about, two nights in a row.
Still, I was able to sample quite a few items, for a lot less than I had expected. (forgot to take a photo of it though, to add to my collection of American Holiday food photos)

The rest of the evening was spent in the room eating, doing stuff on the computer, and helping Ian figure out things on my toys.

It was 1am by the time I got to sleep, and tomorrow for me was to be dedicated to toy hunting... I still had a number of items I wanted to buy in America, which is like buying at half price compared to Australian prices at the moment.
 

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