Having been California natives for the first 32 years of my life. Until April when we moved to Colorado, most of my childhood memories and my daughter’s childhood memories took place in California. We have a lot of memories of visiting the San Diego Zoo. Which is why I was so excited to get the opportunity to share with you some new things going on at the zoo.
The San Diego Zoo’s new Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks highlights some of Africa’s most extraordinary species, as you wander through six different habitats from savanna to seashore.
Finding out about their new Africa Rocks exhibit makes me want to go back visit California soon. There are so many amazing animals to check out and attractions to see. Here are Some of the cool new Africa Rocks attractions to explore
• Africa Rocks is the Zoo’s most ambitious exhibit project to date. This expansive, multi-species tribute to African wildlife has transformed what was the steep grade and 1930s-era exhibits of Cat Canyon into an easily accessible, gently winding pathway with state-of-the-art homes for animals and garden spaces for plants.
These boulder-strewn islands in grassland savanna are home for a variety of animals that live their lives among the rocks, including meerkats, hyraxes, and klipspringer antelope.
How cute are meerkats? One of our favorite animals to watch at the zoo
o Ethiopian Highlands
This rugged mountain habitat is made up of craggy, granite peaks and plateaus. The unique species adapted to thisenvironment include Hamadryas baboons, geladas, and Nubian ibex.
o Acacia Woodland
This open woodland habitat features shrubs and grasses among thorn-bearing acacia trees. Leopards prowl here, vervet monkeys chatter in large family groups, and a colorful bevy of birds flit and nest among the branches in a huge walk-through aviary.
o Madagascar Forest
Madagascar’s forests are among the world’s most distinctive, with dramatic limestone formations and spiny dry forest plants. This is home to species found nowhere else on Earth, including the extraordinary tree-leaping lemurs.
o West African Forest
The dense, tropical forests of western Africa get up to 80 inches of rain each year, creating waterfalls, streams, and pools for fish and the dwarf crocodiles that eat them.
o Cape Fynbos
The fynbos along South Africa’s rocky coastline sets the stage for unusual species, including the weird and beautiful protea plants, small sharks that swim among the reefs, and the adorable, warm-weather African penguins.
• Look for a large, beautifully illustrated art panel that depicts the biodiversity of Africa, as well as interpretive panels at the exhibits to tell you more about the species and how they live.
• The spectacular 65-foot Rady Falls, located in West African Forest, is the largest man-made waterfall in San Diego—nearly 7 stories high! You can even walk behind the falling water via a cavern-like grotto. The water is recycled and recirculated for a water-wise feature.
• Penguin Beach in Cape Fynbos brings a large colony of penguins back to the Zoo for the first time in 35 years. These warm-weather penguins will be swimming and diving in their 275,000-gallon pool, and visitors can watch from above the water, or from below via the large underwater viewing window. They share the pool with leopard sharks cruising through the water—but don’t worry, they don’t eat penguins! Because African penguins are endangered, this is also a breeding colony, and the birds will be nesting and eventually raising chicks.
So if you have the chance to be in San Diego this summer head to the San Diego Zoo and check out Africa Rocks. Your visits help support the zoo so they can continue their work protecting and caring for animals.