February 9 was another beautiful day in San Diego. By this point, I'd forgotten what bitter cold feels like. We went to a restaurant with a gluten-free menu -
's daughter is celiac and was thrilled to have another GF person visiting. The GF cinnamon roll pancakes were awesome.
Before heading out to the zoo, I took pictures of clover. Because I was in love with all the greenness of San Diego.
Here we are! Andrew, Vicky, me, Polina.
We started off with some young and adult flamingos.
The San Diego Zoo is amazing. It is full of lush greenery. Just walking through to get to the panda bears was awesome.
While in line for the panda bears, I oohed and ahhed over red pandas, one of my favourite animals.
Mama Bai Yun.
Her cub, Xiao Liwu. They're sharing a habitat for now, but she's close to weaning him.
Mama likes her kibble.
Xiao Liwu having a drink.
Waiting for a snack from a keeper.
We stopped for our own lunch. Polina was very thrilled to pose with the famous Vibrating Han and Princess Leia.
The kids preferred the wolf.
Not an official zoo creature - and yes, it's having lunch too.
To my great disappointment, the polar bears were not out in their exhibit. So we looked around the area and the kids did more climbing.
I decided to check on the polar bears one more time. They were out, but hiding in the back. This is the best photo I got, heavily cropped.
I love this feature of the zoo - take a gondola back to the entrance!
It offered a great aerial view of the zoo and surrounding area.
We then visited the petting zoo, where a few goats accepted attention as long as they had hay.
The first night there, the kids asked if I like arts and crafts. (Do I ever!) They had a rock painting kit that they needed an adult's help with. So over the days, we painted rocks. I painted this mermaid for them. :-)
I really loved the San Diego Zoo and would go back again in a heartbeat, because we didn't cover all of it. I hesitate to compare it to the Calgary Zoo, which suffered considerable damage in last year's flood and is still in rebuilding mode. I absolutely recommend visiting the San Diego Zoo if you have the opportunity.