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Monday, November 27, 2006

San Francisco Zoo

The long thanksgiving weekend was a washout, thanks to the cold. We did manage to spend 2 1/2 hours at the San Francisco Zoo at the beginning of the break.

In retrospect, the trip could have actually made it worse for us, thanks to the cold weather making the kids worse.

A couple of points about the zoo..

1. It is 70 acres !! Even a 10 hour day wont do justice to this zoo..
2. It is right opposite the ocean. The approach to the zoo entrance from freeway 35 is just awesome. You go up the road and suddenly you are faced with the waves !
3. It has some amazing settings. The giraffe, zebra, ostrich etc., exhibit (theme Africa) is so authentic with the african trees and shrubs that it looks like we are in Jurassic park.






4. The zoo also has a 2:00 feeding time for the carnivores.. they hang the food from the roof and then open up the doors.. the lions and tigers come from outside the zoo to the indoor area and the people start screaming because they get to see the animals in close quarters.



5. There is a cute little puffer train (with steam and the moving pistons !). But it has a separate fee (good thing is that you can pay the fee when you get your entrance tickets).
6. The amazon exhibit was a disappointment.. it is still under change.. Except for the huge anaconda everything else wasnt even visible or obvious.

These may not be the greatest of pictures, but they are all I got with two fussy kids around..













I have promised to visit this zoo in better times and in better health..sure it will be worth it !

Note: you may be standing in front of an africa exhibit.. but it is still 40 F out there. so make sure your kids are well protected from the cold..

4 Comments:

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:07 PM, Blogger Swatantra wrote...

Nice pictures!! Thanks for sharing! Good efforts with two fussy kids around!!

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 10:19 AM, Blogger mitr_bayarea wrote...

Sundar-

Great pics of the SFO zoo. Haven't been there at all, so looks like inspite of the cold weather, you managed to cover quite a bit.

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:02 PM, Blogger WA wrote...

Looks amazing, London zoo is not half as impressive but I was still impressed when I saw the giraffes there

 
I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 6:36 PM, Blogger visithra wrote...

ohh nice photos

havent been to a zoo since i was 15 i think - humm maybe i should go on the pretenxt of taking photos ;p hehehe

 

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