An image of Meerkats at the San Diego Zoo, they were made famous by Disney’s animated characters: Timon & Pumbaa from the movie The Lion King. They typically spend the night under ground and don’t come out unless there is sunlight, they primarily feed on fruits, insects, bugs and rodents. Since they can be prey for other animals you will typically see an adult standing at a high point looking out for the others while they feed, the adults alternate this look out role so everyone can eat! I thought it was quite funny observing this behavior at the zoo since they don’t know that they are safe
A Takin can usually be found in Southern China & Eastern Himalayas; this one is in the San Diego zoo. They can grow up to 7 ft (2.2 m) and 880 lbs (400 kg) and its conservation status is vulnerable which means its close to being endangered!
According to wikipedia, the Thomson gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii) is one of the best-known gazelles. It is named after explorer Joseph Thomson and, as a result, is sometimes referred to as a “tommie”.
This is a diptych of the Red River Hog which is also known as Potamochoerus Porcus. According to the San Diego zoo’s website: It is named for its reddish brown fur, and the fact that it often wades through water. ( Red river hogs don’t live in the Red River!) These pigs are active both day and night and are good swimmers, holding their tails above the water. They can also swim underwater, catching a breath every 15 seconds or so. The hogs are hunted in their native habitat by leopards.
Panda Bears are a big draw at the San Diego Zoo, they have their own exhibit which requires only a certain amount of people in at a time. This creates a bit of a traffic jam but people are generally considerate and stick around for a reasonable amount of time to watch the Pandas.
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I really got into photography about three years ago and one of the first things I said: “I want a DSLR that takes really nice pictures, with amazing saturated colors but I don’t need a professional camera!”. My friend told me at the time, buy a cheap camera, a good lens and learn how to capture light and thats how you will learn photography. I rolled my eyes and I stuck to my guns, light? I don’t want to be a pro, I just want to take nice pictures! Ironically, the roles are reversed now; when I get asked I preach the importance of light yet no one takes me seriously
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This is an image of some kind of monkey at the San Diego Zoo. I love it when you get eye contact with an animal, I was going through some pics and I thought I had to post this one. I wonder if the he/she is caged for safety reasons or for fear of it escaping? I’m sure that there were some species of monkeys in the zoo that were free to roam their area and they didn’t seem to come towards the people so whats this guy’s story?! I’m hoping some monkey lover can help me identify it and solve this mystery In the meantime, enjoy the weekend everyone.
This is a close up of a vulture that came really close to the boundary of the enclosure that they are kept in at the San Diego Zoo. Surprisingly they don’t look that intimidating from a distance, they are like a hybrid of Flamengos/Ostriches that can fly! This young vulture came really close and I got to zoom in and see how rugged they really are, those beaks sure can shred through flesh like a razor sharp knife. BTW, I could tell he was a young vulture by his roughly round & dark head. As humans age, their hair turns grey and for some of us it starts to shed , for vulturesContinue Reading»