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posted by davek on Jan 27

Its time to close out my San Francisco Zoo vacation series with the Lion and Mandrill.  I’d like to say I really enjoyed the zoo and the animals. It was the first time I’ve seen many of them in person. Above is the male African Lion also posing for me. Some how I have good luck with lions here is my Oregon Zoo Lion photo. Male lions weigh 330-500 pounds and females weight 265-395 pounds. The male of course has a distinctive mane. Lions have 9 distinct vocalizations and its roar can be heard from five miles away. Finally we close with the Mandrill which is forest monkey. They are best known for their colorful faces. Mandrills spend most of their day on the ground but sleep in trees.

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posted by davek on Jan 26

We continue our San Francisco Zoo vacation photos with the tiger and the rhino. Sometimes at zoo’s the animals just seem to pose for you like this tiger (I believe its a Sumatran Tiger) did.  Tigers are orange to reddish brown with blank strips to hide in heavily wooded forest areas to hunt prey. Bellow is the Black Rhino which may be as dangerous as  Tiger. They are unpredictable and can move at speeds up to 40 miles an hour. They can weigh up to 3,000 pounds and have a tough hide and horns. They are herbivores feeding on bushes and shrubs.

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posted by davek on Jan 23

We continue our vacation stroll through the San Francisco Zoo with the Chimpanzee and Grizzly Bear. I got a nice Chimpanzee pose here while he was eating a mango. They have opposable thumbs used for climbing, picking fruits, and catching insects. They are relatives of other great apes (orangutans, gorillas, bonobos and man).  They live in west and central Africa chiefly in ran forests and never very far from trees. Below is one of the zoo’s two female Grizzly Bears. Kachina and Kiona were orphaned as cubs in Montana and arrived at teh zoo in 2004. It is also the official state animal of California. Although they can weigh between 300 to 700 pounds they can run up to 35 miles per hour. Fur colors range from blond to dark brown often with silver tips giving them their “grizzled” look.

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