Don Bauder 1:30 p.m., Aug. 21
The phone has been tested, people. I can now, as you saw yesterday, post videos ON THE GO. Watch out, there's no telling where I'll end up, or whether or not what I'm doing is legal. It was a while ago that the San Diego Zoo rebranded and changed the Wild Animal Park into San Diego Zoo's Safari Park. Yesterday and last night were a sort of official launch for the new outfit, so to speak. The caravan you see me on was the photo caravan, which takes a group of 16 people (most of them strangers, some of whom can be annoying, but you'll read about that in a Diva post) into the "African Plains," where they have the opportunity to feed giraffes and rhinos. Posted throughout the park are little vending machines, where you can insert 50 cents and get a handful of feed for the ducks (you'll see me feeding one in the video below), other birds, and fish. I like the interactive aspect of the park, it's a little more hands-on than the zoo. But regardless of how hard I tried, no one would let me touch one of the big cats. Even though I got fairly close to a majestic lion (pictured in the video).
Speaking of which, here it is, a complete, pasted-together round-up of what it's like to spend an afternoon in a San Diego Safari. Enjoy!