California Dreamin’: San Diego Zoo

Jeanne, Ursula, Rick, and I went to the San Diego Zoo yesterday.

It was a dreamy sort of day. January 18th and 80 degrees out. Back in Seattle, I walk past the Woodlawn Zoo twice a week, but I have not stepped foot in a zoo in ages. The San Diego Zoo is huge!  It must be at least five times the size of Seattle’s zoo.  The San Diego Zoo  is also a botanical garden.  Of course, I have mixed feelings about zoos.  I can’t help but feel sorry for the animals living in captivity when they should be running wild in places like the African savanna or the jungles of Asia.  I kept reminding myself that so many of the animals living in this spacious well-maintained zoo are on the endangered list and are being protected within the confines of zoo life.

Pictured below:  Jeanne, me, Ursula, and Rick

One of the best zoo activities we did was to buy the Backstage Pass which let us meet the animal trainers and get a closer view of some of the animals.  I got to feed baby rhinos and Rick, Jeanne, and Ursula pet a bearcat.

I made a slide show of our zoo outing:

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Later when we got back to the villa, we had our afternoon yoga session.  Yes, I did an animal themed yoga session!

cat/cow

downward facing dog/upward facing dog/3 legged dog

dolphin and swimming dog

tiger pose and its many variations

camel, fish, cobra, king cobra, locust

pigeon, heron, eagle

dead bug pose, tortoise, crow, frog, hare

crocodile and monkey pose

(yes, I made them do the splits!)

Rick made one up:  Bar Fly

and

Jeanne made one up: The Swan

You may find this unbelievable, but it was one of the most fun yoga sessions I have ever led!

On the subject of animals, our girls got back from the groomers smelling herbal and looking like show dogs today!!!  Here is Tom with teddy-bear look alike Lala  (her full name is La Petite Lindy Lu!!):

And here is little Diamond:

 

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3 Responses to “California Dreamin’: San Diego Zoo”

  1. Colleen Says:

    LOVE the flamingos Fran. And the child kissing through the glass!! Maybe that is why we have zoos — so we can learn to love and appreciate wild animals in our cities. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. kay Says:

    I foresee of many animal oriented yoga classes in the future! What a great way to connect with the other creatures who inhabit the earth. very fun!

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  3. Nikoel Says:

    It’s a dream of mine to go to the San Diego zoo! Remember, most zoos today are NOT for profit. The San Diego zoo is one of the leaders in wildlife preservation and most animals in zoos are there because they would have either died in the wild or been killed (either by poachers or due to overpopulation as with the African elephants, for example). I believe that any zoo accredited by the AZA (http://www.aza.org/current-accreditation-list/) is an ethical zoo to visit.

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