Zookeeper Kelli balances a female New Guinea stick insect while pointing out the males on display.
The Garden Festival was a recent weekend-long event at the San Diego Zoo to bring the flora and fauna of our backyard into the spotlight, hosted over Mother’s Day weekend. There where many booths lined up along Front Street that were offering gardening tips, hands-on demonstrations and special sales. Special behind-the-scenes experiences offered tours of the zoo’s extensive collection of vegetation from around the globe. The zoo also decided to organize a tweet-up for their loyal Twitter followers, but what was the subject matter?
Read on to find out.
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To celebrate the opening of the annual, month-long Butterfly Jungle event, the Safari Park had planned to host a special preview exclusive to Twitter followers with cool insect experiences and a private stroll amongst the butterflies. However, something, something, Of Mice And Men and plans.
Rather than going down a week before the event was opened to the public, the tweet-up was postponed until Sunday, April 1 at 5 p.m. Since Butterfly Jungle was already accessible to anyone with park admission, the plan was to still offer some up-close bug encounters and maybe a little education from the Safari Park’s wonderful and knowledgeable keepers. However, something, something, Of Mice And Men and plans again.
Maybe it was because 100 freaking people showed up! There were like seven people that attended the Cheetah Run Tweet-Up last June––and three of them were in my group. Seriously, we were two feet away from a cheetah. No offense to butterflies, but c’mon …
So since the aviary was teeming with people, the education and stick insect ogling didn’t happen. Instead, we got to enjoy Butterfly Jungle without too much of a wait. Scroll down for some photos, and read last year’s entry for more details (my first post!).
On your way out, check out the official photo contest on the SP’s Facebook page with images that are far, far, far better than mine.
Once again, Twitter followers of the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park were treated to a unique backstage experience. The tweet-up was part of the larger Festival of Flight event that took place over Veteran’s Day weekend. It included interactive activities, learning booths and tons of close encounters with birds from around the world. Watch the video above, then read on to see photos and get a better idea of what you’re seeing. Continue reading »
Yours truly filming Phu Ket and ZooKeeper Rick. Photo by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Global Photographer.
Last week, I posted a video of some of the highlights of the recent Animal Superstars Tweet-Up event at the San Diego Zoo. Today, I’ll try to give you a little better idea of what went on and what animals we were introduced to. If you haven’t watched the video yet, I highly recommend you do so. Once you have, read on for the inside scoop. Continue reading »
Here is the video from the most recent tweet-up event at the San Diego Zoo.
I will follow up soon with photos and some more information about the animals featured and the event in general. Enjoy!
Update: the photos, along with brief descriptions of the action are now online.
Amara reaches speeds of up to 70 mph at the Safari Park’s new Cheetah Run.
The fastest animal on land is on full display at the Safari Park. Opening this July, the park’s new and improved Cheetah Run showcases the incredible speed and grace of this large African cat (Acinonyx jubatus), as well as its impressive ability to stop pretty quickly and be a good kitty. And we got to preview it with VIP treatment!
Continue on for photos and video of the run!
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