Amur Leopard

Amur Leopard

A sulphur-crested cockatoo greeted us when we entered the Santa Barbara Zoo. The amur leopard crouched on a log facing us. A Chinese alligator posed amidst tall grass. The Humboldt penguins stood next to their water tank. We especially enjoyed watching the Asian elephants, Little Mac and Sujatha, explore their exhibit. This zoo is rightly proud of their multiple California condors. One spread his wings for us. Goma, a Western lowland gorilla weighing 404 pounds gazed at us. A mother Masai giraffe and her offspring gracefully walked about with the Pacific Ocean in the background. One of the fennec foxes stayed in a corner next to our viewing window. We listened and asked questions of a very knowledgeable lion keeper. A dark and light white-handed gibbon looked at us from a bridge in their exhibit. We visited the reptile area and aviary before departing. A hamerkap was hard at work building a huge nest. The snow leopards weren’t out when we arrived. Both were napping around noon when we departed. The Santa Barbara Zoo is compact on about 30 acres, but displays about 160 species.

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