Today was a sample of what San Diego meteorologists call “May Gray” – gray sky and cool temperatures – even though it showed up a couple of weeks early . It was a perfect day to take the kids to the San Diego Wild Animal Park (now renamed San Diego Safari Park), where it can get pretty hot if the skies are clear and the winds are calm. It was actually so cool when we got there, I was glad to have brought extra jackets! By the way, here’s an easy way to spot the tourists in San Diego: they’re all wearing shorts and T-shirts when the locals are wearing long pants and sweaters and it’s 65 degrees outside.
While at the Safari Park, we got to see many varieties of cattle, our cows’ distant cousins from across the globe. I spotted the first type from across the plain and had to use the 30x zoom on my camera. I present you the “Ankole cattle”, from Africa:
Check out the horns on those cows! They are so large, their span can reach 8 feet from tip to tip. In comparison, the Texas Longhorn has a hornspan of up to 7 feet. Impressive, huh? You probably should keep your distance if you meet one in person.
Talking about cows you don’t want to upset in the wild, meet a group of Cape Buffalos, with a cute new calf:
Cape Buffalos are so unpredictable and can be so aggressive to humans that they’ve been nicknamed “widowmakers” in Africa, killing a couple hundred people every year. For this reason, they have never been domesticated. So if you ever come across a Cape Buffalo one day, turn around and walk away slowly, very slowly…
Our last cow is not so much of a bovine as a member of the very large Bovidae family, but I thought it looked so cute I should include it in my trip report.
I’m guessing this guy is a pro at posing for pictures!
On the way back, we even spotted some horses and several ordinary cows but I didn’t get a chance to take pictures while driving. The San Diego Safari Park sure filled my quota of cow sightings for today!