Over Christmas break, I was lucky enough to be able to go to California with my husband, parents, and even my sister (who came from Egypt) to visit my grandparents.
One day we visited the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and it was a GREAT experience. It is about 45 minutes from the San Diego Zoo and set up more like a Wild Life Preserve (it used to be called the San Diego Wild Life Park). It was really neat to see the animals in a really life like habitat. It was REALLY spread out and included a lot of walking, but also a lot of neat animals!
One of the neatest experiences was looking out over a huge area and seeing giraffes, rhinos, and antelope roaming free together. The second neatest was the Cheetah Run. Once a day they do a Cheetah Run where EVERYONE gathers around and watches a cheetah run full speed! We didn't realize how early people start gathering, so we are pretty far back. I found another video on youtube so you can see it better!
We have watched the slideshow several times this week! The kids love the animals!
Here it is:
Close up of cheetah run: