Wild Animal Park

Today was 90*!

Holy, moly! I haven't felt heat like that in long time! Ironically enough, we chose the Wild Animal Park for such a hot day! It did make me realize that maybe I don't want to go on a real African Safari {which I have honestly thought about}. If I was that hot in Cali, how hot would I be in stinkin' AFRICA!?

It was a pretty little place.

And, I figured my nephew was having a lot of fun being a turtle ...

So I decided to try ...

I didn't fit as well as he did. And it was hecka-hard to get out in on piece!

We then saw this:

My original thought was, "It is so nice how Mr. Dohl and other fabulous people do that to make this park possible." That is what I thought until I saw what the exhibit was of ...

Can you see it? It's Dik Dik. Basically a tiny deer. Which then proves that the tiny deer from here is real too. 


The next thing was one of my favorites of the day. I was able to feed some ducks! At first I just wanted to throw the food down and have them eat it. And then they started to accost me. I was frightened.

But I eventually got some guts and decided to get close and let them eat out of my hand.

I thought they'd bite me and it would hurt, but it just tickled and all was well.

We then went on a little safari ride.

Can you find the baby rhino above?

Look at the antlers on that baby! Not gonna lie, the majority of the safari was looking at deer-like animals. I am not sure I care too much if they go extinct. Seriously, though. :)

Ooh! Cheetah! They are such majestic animals to me! Not only do they run super fast, but they eat deer-like animals! I knew I always liked them! :)

The yellow balloon is a hot-air balloon that you can ride in to see the same tour we did! Looked like fun, but cost money, of course. :) Ours was free with the park fee.

I just love that the little nephew fell asleep during this attraction. Clearly, he couldn't be bothered with it. :)

Flamingos! Not as pink as I would have liked ...

We also were able to play with some tropical birds! They particularly liked my littlest nephew:

It was a little frightening at first, as indicated by my facial expression below. :)

But I was able to warm up to the little buggers. :)

And ... I think that wraps up my trip. :) After the Wild Animal Park we ate some grub at In n' Out and then I was dropped off at the Long Beach Airport to fly home. I needed to be back for work, while my family stayed another two days.

It's interesting ... leaving my family, even when I know it is just temporary feels ... sad. As I said goodbye to them all, I had flashbacks of when I lived in Provo and would come home every weekend ... and every time I had to drive away I felt that sadness. But maybe that was just because I was going to Provo. ;)

Wow. I cannot believe how long this all took me to blog about. No wonder if took two weeks. Well, peace out, boy scouts!


Mike said...

1. So, don't know how I didn't see all the Disneyland-related posts until today. Odd. Good thing I had time to read them.
2. I talked to Doris at the end of the Monsters, Inc. ride. She noticed I was a single rider (parents in front) and offered to be my date for the evening.
3. Not only is Shamu a dude, the real one died before we were even born. I was very disillusioned to discover that.

Andrea said...

you were livin' it up in my hometown! not a bad place to be huh? . . . looks like fun.

Kat said...

I love the pictures of you with those colorful birds! I shouldn't show my husband this post because then he'll pester me about buying a bird. He's always wanting to get crazy animals for pets. Also, you're hair is SO cute! I love it curled like that! And I'm so jealous that it was hot! I miss hot weather. I'm already sick of winter! What a fun trip you had! You're great at documenting everything by taking pictures. I should be better at that.

Meg said...

Looks like you had lots of fun!

Langlois Family said...

do you know why the flamingos werent that pink? Flamingos are pink or orange or white depending on what they eat. Flamingos eat algae and crustaceans that contain pigments called carotenoids. For the most part, these pigments are found in the brine shrimp and blue-green algae that the birds eat. Enzymes in the liver break down the carotenoids into the pink and orange pigment molecules deposited in the feathers, bill, and legs of the flamingos. Flamingos that eat mostly algae are more deeply colored than birds that eat the small animals that feed off of algae. Captive flamingos are feed a special diet that includes prawns (a pigmented crustacean) or additives such as beta-carotene or canthaxanthin, otherwise they would be white or pale pink. so now you know. :)

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