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San Diego Zoo - not only a zoo, but also a botanic garden

San Diego Zoo is widely known as the home for thousands of interesting and rare animals from all over the world. You don’t need to travel to Africa, Asian, or Austrilia in order to see some of the world’s most wanted animals. However, the zoo also has the collection of the world’s most gorgeous and interesting plants. It is worth to spend a few days to observe some of the world’s most interesting animals and plants in San Diego Zoo of California. It will be a good place to visit. I surely can't present all of them, but the following are a few interesting examples:

Rare and beautiful Animals:

The gorgeous Andean cock of the rock with beautiful red feather and large cotingid birds from South America:

Andean Cock-of-the-rockïŒtunkiïŒRupicola peruvianus

The Toco Toucan or Giant Toucan an enormous yellow beak:

Toco Toucan, Giant Toucan, Ramphastos toco

The beautiful Golden-breasted starling, royal starling from Africa:

Golden-breasted starling, royal starling, Lamprotornis regius

The Victoria crowned pigeon Goura victoria is a large, bluish-grey pigeon with elegant blue lace-like crests, maroon breast, and red irises:

Victoria crowned pigeon, Goura victoria

The rare endangered Mangshan Pit Viper snake. They were found only in the Mangshan, Hunan, China. Also know as little green dragon:

Portrait of beautiful Mangshan Pit Viper snake, Trimeresurus mangshanensis

Interesting plants:

Cockspur coral tree, Erythrina crista-galli, often known as the cockspur coral tree, is a flowering tree in the family Fabaceae, native to Argentina, Uruguay, southern Brazil and Paraguay:

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Cockspur coral tree, Erythrina crista-galli

African Protea, Pincushion proteas get their whimsical appearance from the many long styles that seem to be stuck into the rounded pad of flowers:

African Protea, Pincushion Protea

Interesting Sausage Tree:

Interesting Sausage Tree

Alpinia,shell ginger flowers:

AlpiniaïŒshell ginger flowers

Oyster shape flower, oyster plant, Acanthus mollis:

Oyster shape flower, oyster plant, Acanthus mollis

Photo credits: Humorousking207.

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November 11, 2018

Sonalitanuselu1084

very nice shots.

November 09, 2018

Draganjanovic

The Toco Toucan or Giant Toucan - beautiful.Nice story!

November 09, 2018

Humorousking207

Hi William,Thanks a lot for your comment! I understand what you mean cheating for some people. I just don't have the money and time to travel all over the world to see the rare and interesting creatures. Thus, the zoo is only option for me now to see the animals although I know some people is against the zoo for the animals lost their freedom as in the wild. But I can only say that San Diego zoo is doing a little better in keeping the animal wild and free, protecting some endangered species. I surely don't want to defend them but the zoo might be my only chances to see those beautiful animals and plants. I just a photographer! I do hope that I can earn enough money to cover my traveling expense later.Gene

November 09, 2018

Williamwise1

Some nature photography purists look down on zoo photography as cheating. But it is a great opportunity to practice, see animals we couldn't otherwise see, get some gorgeous shots and great education. So I say, "fire away"! It isn't cheating... as long as you note on the photograph it is a captive species. Great article and lovely photos; I especially like the pit viper! William

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