When my boyfriend and I found out that we were moving to Texas a few months ago, we immediately put together an LA bucket list. Of course, one of the amazing things about living in LA is that the list of things that you’ll want to experience is a mile long, so our bucket list was probably a bit out of proportion.
Once we realized that we had to narrow it down a bit, we tried to prioritize. The San Diego Zoo made the cut! I love animals and knew that I would enjoy seeing their incredible selection. I was even more excited to find out that our friend, Krysti, who works for the zoo, was able to get us a little behind-the-scenes treatment.
The zoo is massive, so walking shoes are a must. I wore Converse but I really think this is the perfect place to put the athleisure trend to good use — wear yoga pants and running shoes, you won’t regret it!
Tim forged ahead with our map while I marveled at the multitude of Instagram-worthy shots. Seriously, Insta-gold.
We stood in line for the giant panda exhibit and saw a sweet little furbaby… ;)
I guess I’ve never seen pandas in real life, because I swear they were half the size that I thought they would be. Am I alone here? Anyone else think they were the size of polar bears? Haha. I’m realizing how ridiculous that sounds as I type it.
The term “giant” panda is really a misnomer — “mid-sized panda” would be much more appropriate.
They really can go through some bamboo, though.
Then Krysti took us into an education room and brought out several friends to show us.
Also, is this not a dream job for an animal lover? So cool!
Afterward, we walked over to see the cheetahs. At the San Diego Zoo, each cheetah is paired with a dog from the time they’re really young, and the dog plays the alpha role in their relationship. The dog makes the cheetah feel calm and they provide each other with companionship. Isn’t that fascinating?! Cheetahs best friend. :)
This particular cheetah is a little bit older, so her dog partner has passed away. Cheetahs only get one dog — introducing another this late in life wouldn’t be relaxing for the cheetah. So sweet! Gah. I’m about to get sappy here.
We had a blast at the park. At the zoo, just like at a museum, having someone to take you around and talk to you about different exhibits is so helpful. Thank you so much, Krysti!