Three New Reasons to Visit the San Diego Zoo this Summer


Tiger Cub at the San Diego ZooHave you been meaning to visit the San Diego Zoo but just haven’t gotten around to it? Well, don’t delay and get out there today. One of the great aspects about the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is that unlike most zoos, they do much more than just put animals on display for the public to see. They also work hard to breed animals to increase their numbers, especially those that are endangered, so we can help prevent them from going extinct and allowing people to enjoy them for many years to come.

My wife and I had a wonderful visit to the Zoo yesterday and found three great reasons why you should go to the Zoo before the end of summer.

Watch the Tiger Cubs Play

Two new tiger cubs were born this spring and they were just put on display this past Wednesday. They were only in the tiger exhibit for a few hours during the morning. In the coming weeks they will stay longer as they get more acclimated to their new home. Mornings are usually a good time to visit the Zoo anyways because the animals are typically more active during the cooler morning hours. You will also have a chance to see the tigers being fed during the late morning. (11:30AM when we visited.)

Don’t put off your visit or keeping saying you’ll visit next weekend but then not end up finding time. Animals grow quickly out of their ‘playful cuteness’ stage. For example, a few years back I posted an entry about the lion cubs at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. They were a playful bunch to watch during the first year but they quickly grew up out of their ‘playfulness’ and some were sent off to other zoos. So, go and visit them today.

See the Baby Hippopotamus Learn to Swim

I’ve always loved the hippopotamus exhibit because you can go right up to the tall glass enclosure and watch these huge creatures swim within inches of your face. Now it’s even better because you can see the baby hippo born in January. While we were there, the adult hippo was nudging the baby hippo right along the glass viewing window helping it learn how to swim and lift its head out of the water. It was riot to watch the crowds keep moving from one side to the other as they followed the hippos. Again, the baby hippo is growing fast so be sure to visit while it is actively learning to live more like an adult.

Stare in Awe at the Chinese Acrobats

It was a hot day yesterday, at least for us San Diegans, so I was a little concerned about sitting in the Hunte Amphitheater for the 2PM show of the ‘Tales of the Mandarin Forest’. (Show times are 2PM and 5PM.) But I quickly forgot how hot it was as I became mesmerized by the amazing acrobatic skills of the Chinese acrobats visiting The San Diego Zoo until Labor Day. They did things I didn’t think were humanly possible. They had us sitting on the edge of our seats when one of the acrobats balanced himself several chairs up from the stage making us wonder could he actually do it or would he come crashing down to the stage. It is something that has to be seen to be appreciated. But, I’ll post some pictures below to give you a colorful idea of what to expect.

I hope I’ve convinced you these three reasons are worth making the effort to visit the zoo this summer. Have a great time!

Baby Hippopotamus at the San Diego ZooBaby hippo swimming at the ZooChinese acrobats at the San Diego ZooChinese show at the San Diego Zoo

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