One of the most exciting animal groups to observe at San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are birds! There are hundreds of different species of birds at San Diego Zoo, and the exhibits allow visitors to see and experience many of these bird species up close. The aviaries at San Diego Zoo are impressive, large, and offer visitors the chance to walk freely amongst various birds that will fly overhead, and sometimes, in the case of mischievous horn-bills, whizzing right by visitors’ heads! Visitors are also able to capture clear photo memories, since the photo opportunities in these open aviaries are a bird-lover’s dream come true, free of obstructed viewing!
The San Diego Zoo Safari park offers spectacular bird shows twice per day at the Bird Show Amphitheater. Audience members are able to witness the incredible flight of various birds of prey and parrots, which fly directly above the audience. Even after attending the bird show several times, the intelligence, the striking beauty, and the impressive wing span of these birds never cease to amaze an observer!
Both at the bird shows and at various “Animal Encounter” zoo keeper talks, throughout both the zoo and the safari park, visitors are always treated to the ever-impressive vocal abilities of various parrots trained at the zoo. The intelligence and vocal abilities of parrots are incredible to witness, and the display of their abilities is just another reminder that we must protect these wise birds from extinction. As their habitats are becoming increasingly endangered through human expansion, and as the pet trade continues to remove parrots from their natural habitats and natural social environments, the San Diego Zoo does a wonderful job with raising awareness about the plight of the parrot populations around the world.
Running breeding programs of severely endangered birds is another service to world wildlife conservation that San Diego Zoo performs. The California Condor’s story is a promising example of the success of San Diego Zoo’s conservancy efforts. The California Condor was saved from extinction through a carefully observed breeding program at San Diego Zoo Safari Park. There were only 22 California Condors left in the world in the 1980s, when the Zoo began attempting to re-populate this species. Today, there is a population of over 300 birds and counting, many of which have been re-introduced into the wild, and have survived. Stories like these demonstrate the vital importance of organizations like the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park – organizations that can help protect our world’s wildlife for future generations of human beings.
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The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is one of San Diego’s most popular day trips and attractions, and for good reason! The work that San Diego Zoo is doing to help conserve some of the world’s most endangered species, is invaluable, and will hopefully save many species from extinction. Human beings are literally wiping out many severely endangered species’ habitats, and, therefore, parks like San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are very important and needed. One of the most vital projects that San Diego Zoo runs, is the breeding program for animal species that are severely endangered or on the brink of extinction. By visiting San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park, visitors’ entrance fees go toward protecting and caring for all of the wonderful animal species present at both parks. The parks also do a great job at spreading the word about the importance of recycling, saving water and avoiding purchasing products that contribute to wild animal habitat destruction (such as palm oil).