San Diego Zoo - Children's Zoo

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San Diego Zoo - Children's Zoo
« on: July 21, 2018, 12:43 PM »
The Children's Zoo



The beloved Children's Zoo originally opened in 1957 on a 2 acre site in the southeast corner of the San Diego Zoo. Here, exhibits were designed especially for children to view and interact with the animals. It has seen many changes over the years. Exhibits have come and gone. But it has always had a special place in the hearts of the zoo guests. The Children's Zoo will be closing its doors shortly, in preparation for a brand new, state-of-the-art Children's Zoo, slated to open in 2021. Below are photos taken over the last few years, but many of the exhibits have since changed or closed. So this article is a fond "farewell" to the old, much loved, and historic, Children's Zoo.



Entrance bridge to the Children's Zoo.



This bronze statue, called "Boy and Gull" stands along the pond at the entrance.






The Discovery Playground.






This Gorilla statue greets visitors entering the zoo.



Various other statues, along with animal-shaped benches, are scattered throughout the zoo.


















An anteater takes a walk, accompanied by his keeper.



A Golden Lion Tamarin, from South America.









The Clark Theater presented various educational shows over the years, including the infamous Dr. Zoolittle's Gross Bug Show. The theater was later replaced with a 4D theater.






Collared Lory, from the Fiji Islands.



Black-tailed Prairie Dog.



Fennec Fox, found in central and northern Africa.






Indian Crested Porcupine, found throughout Asia and the Middle East.



Southwest African Meerkat, found in southern Africa.



A pair of Meerkats, cuddled up in their burrow.



A pair of mice, in their mouse house made of bread.



White Racing Pigeons loft.









Rock Hyrax, from Africa.



Columbian Brown Spider Monkey, found in the forests of central and northern Columbia.



Spot-necked Otter, found in freshwater lakes, rivers, and swamps of sub-Saharan Africa.



Otter underwater viewing.






Two-towed Tree Sloth, found in Central and South America.



A White-bellied Tree Pangolan and keeper during an animal presentation.



The Tree Pangolan is found in Africa.



There's still much more to come...
« Last Edit: September 22, 2018, 05:57 PM by shyguy »
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Re: San Diego Zoo - Children's Zoo (Petting Paddock)
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2018, 12:44 PM »
Petting Paddock



The Petting Paddock is your usual petting zoo, where kids (and grownups too) can interact with animals...mainly goats and sheep. But watch out for the goats. They'll try to eat anything you may be carrying or have strapped around your waist.



This summer may be the last time you can pet the goats, or have your purse eaten by them, as the Petting Paddock will not be returning when the Children's Zoo gets refurbished.















"It's my turn!"



This sign hangs over a refuge for the animals so they can take a break away from people.



Chillin' away from all those annoying little kids.



"No humans past this point!" This sheep seems to be holding up the chain (or eating it).



You'll find a pair of Miniature Horses here.






And a really fat bunny.



Be sure to wash your hands upon leaving.



More to see...
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Re: San Diego Zoo - Children's Zoo (Petting Paddock)
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2018, 05:36 PM »
I love how the corpulent bunny is surrounded by food.

In the second pic, are those bamboo sheaths to keep the goats from damaging the tree trunks? Or to keep them from climbing up the trunks and escaping their paddock?

Also love the 'it's my turn' pic. :)

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Re: San Diego Zoo - Children's Zoo (Petting Paddock)
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2018, 06:27 PM »
In the second pic, are those bamboo sheaths to keep the goats from damaging the tree trunks? Or to keep them from climbing up the trunks and escaping their paddock?
Zoo animals are notorious for destroying the foliage planted in their enclosures, so methods must be found to prevent that. In fact, over at the Elephant Odyssey, the "trees" are made of concrete!
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Re: San Diego Zoo - Children's Zoo (Naked Mole Rats)
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2018, 01:23 PM »
Naked Mole Rats



One of the most infamous attractions as the Children's Zoo is the Naked Mole Rats exhibit.



The Naked Mole rat is, hands down, one of the ugliest animals in existence.



A habitrail-like set up is home to these ugly little critters.



Many of the chambers have specific functions, like the toilet chamber above.



Here is the nesting chamber.



Everything you've always wanted to know about mole rats but were afraid to ask.



Nearby is the animal nursery.



The Arachnid Rescue Center, because spiders need love too.



This lucky tarantula has been rescued. ;)

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Re: San Diego Zoo - Children's Zoo (Naked Mole Rats)
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2018, 04:22 PM »
The mole rats may be ugly (okay, they are ugly). But they make an interesting and fascinating exhibit.

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Re: San Diego Zoo - Children's Zoo (Secret Forest)
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2018, 01:28 PM »
Secret Forest



At the entrance to the Secret Forest section is an exhibit on composting. Not surprising, little interest in this resulted in the exhibit's removal.



Once past the compost garden, you'll find exhibits featuring some of the more exotic animals kept in the Children's Zoo...



Like the Ocelot, which can be found in Central and South America, northeast Mexico, and even in southern Texas.



Northern Scarlet Macaw, from southeast Mexico to Nicaragua.



Thick-billed Parrot, from western Mexico.



Fossa, from the island of Madagascar.



Hyacinthine Macaw, from tropical eastern Brazil.



Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, from South America.



Serval, from central and southern Africa.
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Re: San Diego Zoo - Children's Zoo (Secret Forest)
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2018, 03:43 PM »
Gee, I wonder why the composting exhibit failed- doesn't everyone like to go dumpster diving for worms?

The Cock-of-the-Rock is one strange looking, but beautiful bird.

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The Children's Zoo will close in January 2019 to make way for the new Sanford Children's Zoo. It is named after philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, who has donated $30 million to the project. This generous gift will go toward the estimated $69 million cost of constructing a brand-new, completely re-imagined Children’s Zoo, the costliest project in the zoo's history.



More than 100 species will reside in the new Children’s Zoo. Guests will be able to venture through four ecosystems spread across 2.3 acres.


The four zones will be...

Desert: Just beyond the entrance will be a dung beetle globe fountain, rope climb and an animal care facility adjacent to an exhibit featuring prairie dogs, burrowing owls and fennec foxes.
Temperate Forest: To the east is the 25-foot-high treehouse that will be accessible to the handicapped and an exhibit on coatis (a member of the raccoon family) and Patagonian cavies (a rodent that resembles a cross between a rabbit and a deer).
Wetland Marsh: At the south end will be a two-story “animal ambassador” building where animals stay before and after they accompany keepers on walks around the zoo and to schools, hospitals and other offsite destinations. There’s also a walk-through aviary; floating dock over an underwater viewing area; and a building housing reptiles, amphibians and fish.
Tropical Forest: The west side includes a treetop walkway inserted among 70-foot mature ficus trees. The invertebrate and subterranean exhibit building includes the beehive, flying insects and a naked mole rat tunnel.



On display at the zoo is a scale model of the new Children's Zoo. It is slated to open spring 2021.





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Gee, I wonder why our resident table-top model builder posted 3 photos of a table-top model? :P The new Children's Zoo looks like it'll be fun and interesting for everyone, not just the kids.

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Gee, I wonder why our resident table-top model builder posted 3 photos of a table-top model? :P The new Children's Zoo looks like it'll be fun and interesting for everyone, not just the kids.
You know I'm a sucker for park scale models. ;)
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Re: San Diego Zoo - Children's Zoo (Poppy's Patio)
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2018, 11:12 AM »
Poppy's Patio






Located outside the entrance to the Children's Zoo, is Poppy's Patio.



This counter-service spot offers a nice variety of food, including hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, snacks, desserts, and assorted beverages.



Colorful animal carvings decorate the popular dining spot.








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