Wednesday, January 19, 2011


One of the benefits of homeschooling is that we have a flexible schedule. When Marshall isn't working, we can just take off for a couple of days for a mini vacation. So last week we surprised the kids with a trip to the San Diego Zoo. But we didn't just go to the zoo. We bought VIP "Behind the Scenes/Inside Look" passes which got us a personal tour of what goes on in the zoo that most people don't get to see.

This was our little tour bus. Our guide was awesome!

They took us behind the lion enclosure to show us where the lions go when they disappear behind the enclosure doors. They talked about (and showed us) the food they give the lions, and even the shower curtain they use to keep the male lion from spraying their employee desk. They let us get quite close to the lion (as you can see below) but told us if he started to show us his butt and lift his tail, we were to move quickly away. Thankfully the lion wasn't in a spraying mood that day.

As you see, they also have to warn the regular zoo visitors of the spray range as well. Kind of like Sea World's splash zone but not quite as fun.

A perk of being on this tour was that we got to go in side doors and bypass the crowds to get better views of the animals on display.

Also, we got to feed a camel! Well, if you don't mind a bunch of slimy slobber on your hand. Marlie is the only one who would volunteer to feed him.

After the 2 hour tour was over, we went to the Elephant Odyssey exhibit. It shows replicas of fossils and animals that are now extinct, but were once alive and roaming all over Southern California. I don't know about you, but I'm kind of glad the American Lion isn't still roaming in LA.

My kids are such hams. I wonder where they get that from...

Oh yeah. That's where they get it from.

Marlie asked me to take a picture of her with the bones.

So Seamus decided he wanted to pose with the bones as well, but he had a slightly different approach.

After that, we had had a full day and were exhausted. We took the Skyfari back to the front of the zoo to spend some time at the gift shop before heading back to our hotel.

Great memories were made that day, hopefully ones that will last for years to come.

1 comment:

  1. When I was a kid, someone in my class got sprayed by a tiger to a trip to the philly zoo. Ew. I'm glad you missed out to that. ;)

    Looks like everyone had a great time! Not only educational, but fun and relaxing,too!