Conservation, San Diego

The Entrance
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This carousel was recently constructed to feature endangered animals. The idea was to provide a ride that also taught conservation. This carousel was located just off to the left of the main path into the park.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:41:08 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0557
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Hand Carved
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All the animals were hand carved and hand painted. Here two panda bears raced together, one on the inside track, the other on the outside track.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:35:26 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0524
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The Gorilla
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The gorilla internal link is the largest species of primates. They are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Africa. The are classified as an Endangered species.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:36:00 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0525
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African Wild Dog
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The African Wild Dog external link s a large, endangered canid found only in Africa, especially in savannas and other lightly wooded areas. It is variously called the African Wild Dog, African Hunting Dog, Cape Hunting Dog, Painted Dog, Painted Wolf, Painted Hunting Dog, Spotted Dog, or Ornate Wolf.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:36:12 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0527
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The Black Rhinoceros
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The Black Rhinoceros is native to the eastern and central areas of Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Angola. Although the Rhino is referred to as black, it is actually more of a grey/brown/white color in appearance. The Black Rhinoceros is Critically Endangered.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:36:18 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0528
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The Asian Elephant
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The Asian Elephant external link is the only living species of the genus Elephas and distributed in Southeast Asia from India in the west to Borneo in the east. Asian elephants are the largest living land animals in Asia. The Asian Elephant is Endangered.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:36:26 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0529
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The Snow Leopard
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The Snow Leopard external link is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of South Asia and Central Asia. Snow leopards live between 3,000 and 5,500 meters (9,800 and 18,000 feet) above sea level in the rocky mountain ranges of Central Asia. The Snow Leopard is endangered.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:36:26 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0530
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The Lion
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Some male lions external link exceeds 250 kg (550 lb) in weight. The lion is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. The lion is Vulnerable.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:36:26 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0531
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The Bactrian Camel
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The Bactrian camel external link still roams the Mangystau Province of South West Kazakhstan. The Bactrian camel has two humps on its back, in contrast to the single-humped Dromedary camel. The Bactrian camel is Critically Endangered.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:36:48 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0532
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Thatched Background
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The background for the carousel resembled the side of an African thatched hut. An African mask decorated the wall and appeared to be staring at an ostrich.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:36:58 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0534
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A Nest
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One of the more tame rides on the carousel was this Eagle nest. Using the wheel in its center a rider could cause the nest to rotate.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:37:17 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0537
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The Blue Poison Dart Frog
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The endangered Blue Poison Dart Frog external link is one of a group of frogs in the family Dendrobatidae which are native to Central and South America. These amphibians are often called "dart frogs" due to the Amerindians' indigenous use of their toxic secretions to poison the tips of blowdarts.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:37:17 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0538
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The Stellar's Sea Eagle
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The Stellar's Sea Eagle external link lives in coastal northeastern Asia and mainly preys on fish. It is, on average, the heaviest eagle in the world. The Stellar's sea eagle is vulnerable.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:37:33 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0540
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The Hook-billed Hermit Hummingbird
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The Hook-billed Hermit Hummingbird external link is an endangered species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family. It is found in humid forests in eastern Brazil, with recent records from the states of Espérito Santo and Bahia only.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:37:48 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0541
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The Island Fox
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The Island fox external link is a small fox that is native to six of the eight Channel Islands of California. There are six subspecies of the fox, each unique to the island it lives on, reflecting its evolutionary history. The island fox is critically endangered.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:38:25 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TNT_9903
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The Sea Otter
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The Sea Otter external link is a marine mammal native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean. Adult sea otters typically weigh between 14 and 45 kg (30 to 100 lb), making them the heaviest members of the weasel family, but among the smallest marine mammals.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:38:39 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0546
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A Fish
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Detail of a fish grasped in the talons of a Stellar's Sea Eagle.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:39:19 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TNT_9908
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Lion With Tiger Behind
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The lion turned its head outward as did the tiger behind it. The result was a double snarl by two great cats.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:39:34 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0552
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Fish In Mouth
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A closeup of the fish in the mouth of the snow leopard.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:39:42 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TNT_9909
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Island Fox and Poison Frog
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An island fox is an endangered fox that could be more endangered because of the way he is eyeing the poison frog.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:39:53 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0555
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Chinese Alligator
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Leafs form the saddle on the back of this endangered Chinese Alligator external link It is one of two known living species of Alligator, a genus in the family Alligatoridae. The Chinese alligator is native only to China.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:40:18 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TNT_9912
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Wary Child
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A wary child was almost ready to ride one of the endangered animals. Fortunately there was a handy parent at the ready.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:42:56 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TNT_9920
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Viewed From Behind
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This was one view of the carousel from the path that led behind it. Notice the roof was also thatched to resemble an African hut or house. African style shields bordered the edge of the roof. But not all the endangered animals depicted on the ride were from Africa.


Conservation Carousel, San Diego   •  Located inside the Wild Animal Park (now Safari Park) external link external link   •  San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park   •  San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Monday 16 May 2011)   •  (Photo taken 10:45:51 Friday 15 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCY_0566
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