|Santa Fe Station in downtown San Diego.|
|A rubber stamp makes anything official.|
|Architecture in Balboa Park.|
|Critters galore here!|
I want to put in a caveat here regarding my thoughts on zoos. For the most part, I don't like the idea of zoos. I mean, what would be the chances of a polar bear getting lost on an ice floe and finding himself in San Diego? The unnaturalness of zoos, the displaced animals from all continents, confined in artificial spaces, does not appeal to me in the least. On the other hand, zoos have evolved over the years and appear to be taking on a more critical role in a world where wildlife habitats are being destroyed at an alarming rate and where poaching and other "legal" takings of endangered animals continue to this day despite international agreements meant to protect the more vulnerable of species. That said, zoos could be the last places to see some of the more critically affected species, and efforts to assist in the reproduction of the species and hopefully, eventual re-introduction into the wild (with more enforceable regulations aimed at protecting the animals) oftentimes begins in zoos. Enough of my soapboxing...here are some of my favorite animals seen at the San Diego Zoo.
|North Chinese Leopard|
|I guess you could say I'm on a Bingo roll!|