Safari Park, San Diego

The Ticket Booth
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The ticket booth was nestled among palm trees a short walk from the parking lot.


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Ticket Takers
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Tickets were taken after passing through a huge barn-like structure. Inside were displays describing the options available, such as various levels of tours.


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Gift Shop
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Once inside, the park began to look much more lush but for the immediate intrusion of a gift shop. From the ticket takers, only one path ran into and out of the park proper.


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Wings Of The World Aviary
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Just off to the right of the path into the park, was the Wings Of The World Aviary. Here two birds loitered on the path inside the aviary.


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Wings Of The World Aviary
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Inside the Wings Of The World Aviary were many birds to see. Here was a pair of birds perched high overhead on a branch.


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Thorntree Restaurant
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Near the main entrances was the Thorntree Restaurant. Here we show a sample menu that was posted outside.


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Petting Kraal
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Here was a group of school kids gathered to wait for a chance to enter the Petting Kraal with its selection of farm animals.


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Elevated Walkways
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Some of the walkways through the park were elevated and provided the means to travel through the upper canopy of the forest.


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Many Paths
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There were many paths through and around the park. If confused, a handy map that was handed out at the entrance provided necessary guidance.


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Wet Zone
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At one junction in the paths was an artistic water-works display that kids could use to cool off on hot days.


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Oath Through A Lagoon
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A path ran through a lagoon in the "Heart Of Africa" area. Just ahead to the left was Primate Island. Out of sight along the path to the right were flamingos.


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A Warthog
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In the Heart Of Africa area was a large open area behind a fence that held fine examples of warthogs. Here was one with a bit of dirt on his nose.


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A Stream Downhill
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One path first crossed a stream at the bottom of a hill, and later curved back around and over the bridge above. An Great Egret stood in the stream.


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Great Egret In A Stream
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A Great Egret stood in a stream that ran downhill through the park.


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Southern Gerenuk
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Several Southern Gerenuk (Litocranius walleri walleri) were found in a large enclosure. They are from a range that extends from South Somalia to Tanzania, Africa. Here two of them stood on hind legs to reach high.


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Extensive Walkways
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Here we show how the walkways not only ran past enclosures but also extended into them. Here Southern Gerenuk could be seen close to one walkway.


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Western Egyptian Vulture
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On the way to the Lion Camp we passed a Western Egyptian Vulture perched on a log alongside the trail.


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Lion Camp
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The Lion Camp featured a large male lion resting atop an old Range Rover car.


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Lion Viewing Area
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An elevated path passed by the Lion exhibit. Fixed telescopes were available for those without their own binoculars or telephoto lenses.


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Huge Herbivore Area
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The vast area given over to the free wandering of several different species of herbivore.


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A Tour Tram
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Every fifteen minutes or so a tour tram would pass by carrying riders close to the animals.


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The Camera Tour
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For considerably more money than the tram ride, one could ride a truck out into the herbivore area for even closer shots.


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Zip Line Rides
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The park also featured nice long zip line rides.


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Roar And Snore Campground
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One of three Roar And Snore internal link campgrounds for overnight stays.


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Black-crowned Night Heron
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Many of the restaurants throughout the park featured close-up viewing of animals and birds. This was a Black-crowned Night Heron seen from one such restaurant.


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Restaurant Surrounded By Birds
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Here was one restaurant surrounded by uncaged wild and exotic birds. A sign on the fence warned against feeding the birds.


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Another Lagoon
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Another of several scenic lagoons in the park. This one featured many exotic birds.


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Wart Hog On Parade
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Up high in the Conifer Garden internal link two of the park's handlers lead a Wart Hog on a walk down the trail.


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Trinkets For Sale
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On the way out of the park one encountered several shops selling trinkets and other souvenirs. Here was an elephant with a wind-up nose and flower ears.


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