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11 June 2009 @ 09:37 pm
San Diego: Zoo and Sea World  
The day before I was supposed to fly to San Diego I heard that my dear old friend, Spike, had died back in Bangalore. I knew him since he was just a little, fragile, helpless pup, and I can never get over the fact that he won't be there to greet me when I make that visit home. This post is dedicated to his memory.

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Captive animals and performing animals are not the kind of animals I'd like to see. I'd rather see them in the wild, when they are free and own their worlds. Once in a while a visit to a zoo comes up. I've been to zoos only a handful of times in the last decade and each time I've come away with mixed feelings. The answer to the question "Whether animals should be trained to perform or be held captive?" remains as hazy as ever. Zoos and performing animals are probably important for the people to look and take interest in the wonderful lifeforms that share this space with us...








People enjoy looking at a Hippo through the glass







Question: Who gave Spain its name? And who is the closest living relative of the Elephants? This little dude! The Hyrax.







A Wallaby






A Turtle







A pool with Sharks and Rays!







Two polar bears that are not being affected by global warming...






Meerkats in their Manor







Someone is dreaming of Kung Fuuuuuuuuuuuu instead of making noodles...







Who likes to Splash?






Who likes to Jump?







Who likes to Jump higher?







Shamu!








 
 
 
Anush Shettyanushsh on June 12th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Man.. What awesome images. Superb :)
Yathinyathin on June 12th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It was good to see so much (captive) wildlife for a change. :-)
Jessicajojobear99 on June 12th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
awesomeness. you're really good at photography!
Yathinyathin on June 12th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
Sharathsharathm on June 12th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
Superb images...
Aparna: Animalsinspirethoughts on June 12th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Captive animals and performing animals are not the kind of animals I'd like to see.
Precisely that's the reason why I haven't been to zoos very often. Yet, sometimes I go to see the newer animals.

What is the first bird? It's color is so luscious...want to make a dress of that color.

Two polar bears that are not being affected by global warming...
Sure? I thought or read somewhere that if these Polar bears are left in their natural habitat, they might not survive since they are now adapted to their current habitat. I might be wrong too!

Beautiful pictures of Shamu!


Yathinyathin on June 12th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
> Sure? I thought or read somewhere that if

Yeah. The zoo keeps the water chilled just right and the food supply going for these bear. Global warming or not! Their wild cousins in the arctic are perhaps not so lucky. ;)

Aparna: Animalsinspirethoughts on June 15th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Aah! I C...then that's probably good...

I was watching this movie "Happy Feet" this past weekend. In one scene they show this penguin that swims across the shores to talk to humans to save them from eating their fish, gets put in the zoo. His first reaction, confusion and the way he slowly adapts there almost made me cry. No matter how much closely their habitat is made to look like the real-life, they still have a boundary and cannot venture beyond it. May be it is best that way since at least then we can protect these endangered species to cruelty by humans.
Yathinyathin on June 12th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
The bird in the first photograph is a flamingo.
Aparna: Birdsinspirethoughts on June 15th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
I guessed...but wanted the experts to confirm. :) Thanks!
purely_narcoticpurely_narcotic on June 12th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
I thought or read somewhere that if these Polar bears are left in their natural habitat, they might not survive since they are now adapted to their current habitat.

What exactly is their current habitat?
Aparna: Myselfinspirethoughts on June 15th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Well, I meant the zoo in which they were living!
Seal: sweetsealwhiskers on June 12th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
I share your mixed feelings about zoos, although I have to admit that I would bay good money to see the show where the Orca balances the man on its snout!

Btw...I saw Pelicans in Colorado again yesterday, and they were white!
Yathinyathin on June 12th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
The Orca show was really inspirational and I think it would have touched a lot of casual zoo goers to do something more for conservation.
summer_jackel: coy face beautiful/serious/sadsummer_jackel on June 12th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! Some amazing pictures there.
Yathinyathin on June 12th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
I saw African Painted Dogs for the first time ever, but I couldn't get any photographs! :-(
Melkendokamel on June 12th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
The flamingo picture is stunning
Yathinyathin on June 12th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
The flamingos were awesome to look at!
moment_of_memoment_of_me on June 12th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Simply amazing and beautiful! You brightened my afternoon!
purely_narcoticpurely_narcotic on June 12th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Yay! Awesome saucesome Panda photo!

where be snow leopard photo?
Yathinyathin on June 12th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Tai Lung is in prison. I have to see if I have a decent picture of him.
falkorskidfalkorskid on June 13th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
The thing about a lot of zoos (at least on the east coast)is they started out as animal rescue. Then those animals breed and couldnt survive in the wild, and they needed money to keep caring for those animals. So I can understand the training and tricks to help generate revenues for those places.

I'm of course not talking about the Bronx Zoo or any place like that. Even if the Bronx Zoo is the headquarters for the WWF and they are all about green earth (they even have fuel cells running the zoo)

Okay my 2 cents are done.... lovely photos as usual.
kejnkejn on June 13th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
gorgeous flamingo! and killer whale photos, dude. :) (the last one looks like the whale is tap dancing on the water, very cool.)

the hyrax is definitely an odd fellow... and the crazy long-necked turtle! what's up with that? :)
Yathinyathin on June 13th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
> and the crazy long-necked turtle! what's up with that? :)


Snake-necked Turtles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelidae
diedeutsche on June 14th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
I always feel bad for caged animals. Even seeing cats locked up indoors bothers me. :\ I think it's unnatural to keep them indoors all the time and I wouldn't do it.

Because of this, I have such mixed feelings about zoos too. I guess they ARE a good thing in that endangered species may be "saved" in the process.
mamtanaidumamtanaidu on June 14th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
Dolphin pics are freakin awesome, especially man on the Dolphin's snout pic!!!