Yes, it's freezing in much of the continental U.S. (the Polar Vortex strikes again!) at the moment, but it's still sunshine and warm afternoons here in sunny San Diego. The animals at the Safari Park tend to enjoy the cooler weather and are more active (less of the curled up in a hidden corner of the exhibit type of thing...). As an added bonus, the park tends to be a bit slower, as most people are home gearing up for the holidays, not to mention the afternoon Charger's game, so the lines tend to be short or non-existent and the crowds at the exhibit are a little smaller. As an added bonus, the migratory waterfowl are starting to arrive from Canada and Alaska, some of them settling into the large lake at the Safari Park, including some pintails and ruddy ducks. Most of them have figured out how to beg for duck food along with their captive cousins, so there's quite the commotion down at the lake. Throw in some of the cutest baby cheetahs and the new tiger exhibit, and it made for a fun afternoon! For all of you in the cold North, stay warm and stay safe. Our thoughts are with you.
Baby Cheetahs! There were two separate groups of baby cheetahs. The larger group is shown here, having a meal with Mom.
Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec, a tiny mammal from Southwestern Madagascar. While it looks similar, it is not related to the true hedgehog.
Sumatran tiger, enjoying the afternoon sun.