San Diego (October 17-24, 2006)
San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park
On the last day, I visited the Zoo, located near the city on a hillside in Balboa Park.
The zoo was too big for me to see everything in one day, so I had to choose the animals I most wanted to visit. Top of the list were the koalas, as I remember holding one at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane when I was 5 years old.
Next were the pandas. They were taking a post-prandial nap, so I made sure to come and visit them again before closing time, when they were eating bamboo.
The Ituri Forest was a delight, and I wish I had left myself more time to watch the Allen's swamp monkeys and the otters play before closing time.
The animals were not the only performers in the zoo.....
Besides the zoo, Balboa Park is noted for its fine buildings built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. They now house various museums, such as the Botannical Museum.