Wednesday, May 28, 2014
PHOTO SAFARI: San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Tiger Trail | @SDZSafariPark #TigerTrail
This last weekend, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park opened one their most memorable exhibits, Tiger Trail! While Tiger Trail didn't open to the public until Memorial Day, I was lucky to have been invited with my daughter for a sneak preview.
We were invited, along with other animal and photo enthusiasts, to check out this spectacular set of exhibits that show-case the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park's push to save the tigers by ensuring a great breeding program. The exhibits allow the visitors to get an up close and personal look at these magnificent creatures in as wild of a setting as possible.
The Safari Park strives to allow the animals as much room and realistic habitats as possible to encourage breeding of threatened and endangered animals. The Sumatran Tigers in the exhibits are all potential breeding animals. The enclosures included a pair of sisters and a pair of brothers, all fully related but of different litters and a breeding male.
Tiger Trail is a series of exhibits that allows visitors to get within inches of Sumatran Tigers. Visitors walk pathways that wind through the habitats in a way that make you feel one with the animals.
My daughter and I enjoyed watching the male breeding tiger, Teddy, work one on one with its care-taker and even training it to be less stressed during medical procedures.
The sisters enclosure had waterfalls and streams running through it to cool them off on the hot summer days.
The brothers enclosure happened to be our favorite as there was a wonderful eating area where you can relax with a bite of food and watch the tigers "playfully" stalk your children through the thick walled glass.
After enjoying the beautiful Tigers, we took a look at a kids climbing park next to Tiger Trail to burn off some energy and play with friends. This interactive park had the kids climbing, jumping, sliding and playing hide and seek. The kids also learned quickly that if they jumped onto the pathway, tigers would call to them.
My favorite thing to do at the park was to take pictures of all the majestic animals that are readily available without the typical bars of a zoo. I took so many pictures that I had to make an album which I will add to every time I visit.
We spent most of the day visiting the animals of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and there are many more pictures of this incredible safari park. You can find more pictures on my Facebook Page here.
DISCLAIMER: I was invited to a media day to help promote the opening of Tiger Trail. All thoughts and ideas are my own. Do not use any photos without permission.