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 »
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.
Zoo visitors photograph the North Chinese leopard in its new home.
This month’s episode of “New At The Zoo” recaps a largely quiet month at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, outside of the opening of Panda Trek. Following a flurry of zoo births in spring and early summer, the dog days of summer brought a few new, low-profile additions to the zoo family. Read on for my Panda Trek video, baby warthogs and more. Continue reading »
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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The lovely old-fashioned entrance to the Hummingbird Aviary at the San Diego Zoo.
The Kenton C. Lint Hummingbird Aviary is one of the true hidden gems at the San Diego Zoo. It’s so easy to miss that one of my friends who used to work at the zoo for two years never knew of its existence. It appears on the new zoo map not by name, but as an illustration of a hummingbird. Search it out and thank me later.
Keep reading for a photo gallery and video.
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A monarch butterfly at the Safari Park's Butterfly Jungle.
Perhaps the Safari Park’s most popular annual event, the month-long Butterfly Jungle exhibit has returned. The attraction takes place in the Hidden Jungle aviary, which is located in the Gorilla Forest area according to the park’s new zoning scheme. Saith the website, this year’s theme is “Metamorphosis”, which is kind of a no-brainer and is probably the perpetual theme. (What else is it going to be, “Fluttering”?)
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