Elephant Odyssey

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The San Diego Zoo just completed a new 45 million dollar Elephant exhibit. It’s unique because it begins with a focus on Southern California’s ancient past and then showcases animals from today. (The part you see in my first photo is about 10% of the entire exhibit – it’s HUGE!)

The exhibit begins with fossils…

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Then continues with the elephants and their a 120,000-gallon pool and 2.5-acre yard.

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Lions and jaguars also call the exhibit home.

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This is their overnight enclosure. It also has a spot where elephants get veterary treatment where zoo guests can watch. (I’m sure the elephants are embarrassed at this though….I mean, geez, a little privacy please???)

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This is the “Trunk Garden.” The elephants can reach their trunk through the slots and pull up things to eat from the vegetable garden on the otherside of their enclosure wall…..how fun is that? I waited around here for a bit but no elephants wandered over to take advantage of it — maybe next time!

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“Nature’s great masterpiece, an Elephant. The only harmless great thing; the giant of beasts.” John Donne

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