Ricky and I went to the San Francisco Zoo yesterday. Spent two and a half hours in there. All the walking was worth it, even when we couldn’t make it to the Japanese Tea Garden, the Golden Gate Bridge, or Chinatown. Seeing all the pretty animals–even though they were caged, sadly–was worth getting tired legs.
Here are some of the photos I got of the critters at the zoo:
A grizzly bear. California state animal, which is ironically extinct in California itself. These bears were rescued in Wisconsin and brought here.
…has blue balls.
Clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls are a MUST when you’re visiting Fisherman’s Wharf/Pier 39. Unless you have a shellfish allergy.
A capybara being petted. Human for scale.
A cassowary, a bird endemic to New Guinea, Australia, and its nearby islands.
Chaocan peccaries were thought to be extinct, but they were found in Salta in 1971. They are now endangered.
So pretty and tall.
This gorilla dragged a fallen leafy branch to its spot by the door.
At first I thought this was a rock. Turned out to be a hippo.
Two real duckies and a few toy duckies in this small fountain.
The anteater has a two-foot tongue half an inch wide that can flick in and out of its mouth for 150 times a minute. Let that sink in, girls.
Baby monkey and its long-nippled mama.
So this otter was playfully swimming behind a fish. We all thought they were buddies. So cute! Until the otter pounced on the fish and dragged it out the water…
…then chewed its tail off. The fish managed to escape WITHOUT A TAIL. Tried to swim away, but it sank. Otter caught it again and continued to chew on it alive. So I guess when JK Rowling made Hermione’s Patronus an otter, she knew what she was doing.
Penguins sunbathing. They still stood in these positions forever, occasionally moving their heads from side to side.
Poor rhinoceros needs water.
Black rhino. Not gonna lie, I expected Ace Ventura to bust out of its bottomhole.
This cute squirrel monkey screamed like a baby at us. Attention whore.
Majestic beast locked in a cage. Shame. This Amur tiger has about 450 more of its kind in the wild.
This zebra did not like its picture taken because it made sure to face away from the cameras. The ostrich didn’t mind.
Zebras, the more fashion-forward cousins of horses.
We did manage to hit up Fisherman’s Wharf for a late lunch/early dinner. The tourist traffic was the only downside to the entire trip, but had we checked to see that it was going to be a holiday weekend, we would’ve picked another day to go.
We plan on going back to check out the California Academy of Sciences with Cory. Hopefully the city won’t be as packed as it was yesterday.