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An African Safari is on the top of my travel bucket list. I dream of capturing the images of sunset savanna landscapes decorated with silhouettes of wildlife with my camera.
Adventures of that magnitude are costly but until I get to Africa, I can plan trips to seek out California’s beautiful settings and wildlife around me. Fortunately, I live in coastal Southern California where wildlife is all around us, especially marine life. A drive along the west coast can reveal whales, dolphins, elephant seals and more. I also love traveling to one of my favorite cities, Santa Barbara, host to a beautiful zoo located along the Pacific Ocean and that is home to more than 500 animals (many from Africa!).
This year I spent my birthday at the Santa Barbara Zoo. My family patiently joined me, while I photographed beautiful snow leopards, creepy condors and adorable sea otters. My heart almost exploded when I saw baby meerkats for the first time.
Here are some of the animals that graced me with their presence.
Their long lashes and their long strides are amazing. This is Micheal, he a 16-foot tall Masia giraffe and I’ve been told that he can be a bit of a bully to the other giraffes. He tends to hoard the feeding area.
Can you say, “Awww”? Did you know that Meerkats are part of the mongoose family? A group of Meerkats is a “mob” or a “gang”. Meerkats share jobs such as looking out for predators.
Their eyes went right through me. I was mesmerized by their beauty. These endangered animals have huge paws that act as “snowshoes” in the snow.
“She’s got legs”… These tall birds can reach up to 40 inches in height! Did you know that what looks like their knees is actually their ankles? How many legs can you count in this picture?
I missed them when I first went by their tank. Thankfully they were out before I left. Did you know they are part of the weasel family? They also have the densest fur in the animal kingdom. Sea Otters are delightful. They bask in the sun and frolic in the water. These two were rolling around in the sand. Maybe they had an itch?
Some other photos from my photo excursion:
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