Hike through the "Heart of Africa" Exhibit
San Diego Wild Animal Park, California: August 15, 2005

After the safari, we went for a walk through the "Heart of Africa" exhibit. It was during this walk that my hubby dropped his cell phone. A very nice person found it, used his address book to call his mom, who then called my cell phone. We were able to meet up with the finder of the cell phone and were extremely appreciative of their help. After that, first stop was to watch the gazelle gnaw on trees.

From the exhibit guide:

Sudan Red-fronted Gazelle
Gazella rufifrons laevipes

Prefers small mixed herds of 2-5 animals. All have horns, though females' horns are straighter, thinner, and slightly shorter. Can stand on hind legs to browse.

and the baby hiding in the grass:

Here is the Okapi.

From the exhibit guide:

Okapia johnstani

shy and well camouflaged - explains why okapi wasn't discovered until this (20th) century. Stripes on hind quarters similar to zebra - actually a member of the giraffe family.

Our walk led us down to a lake. My brother was very excited to get to feed the ducks.

Why? Well, there was something else he wanted to feed in addition to ducks. This catfish was pretty fun to watch, and the ducks were annoyed.

...but he was the least of their problems. This was the evil duck that kept attacking them.

There was an area full of flamingos across the island from where the ducks and catfish were:

From the exhibit guide:

Greater Flamingo
Phoenicopterus ruber roseus

Feeds on insects and crustaceans by stirring up the bottom mud with their feet. Shares resources with lesser flamingos which feed on the surface of the water and eat mostly algae.

Lesser Flamingo
Phoeniconaias minor

Smaller and pinker than greater flamingos. Largest colony numbers over one million pairs!

We would our way to the top of the trail, overlooking the safari area.