It’s another g'day in Califor-Ni-A. The 70-degree slight breeze has Balboa Park looking its usual quintessential-perfect; you'd never know it neighbors thousands of rare and endangered animals at the San Diego Zoo. Loved by parents and clockworked school field trips, its now time for you to embark on another zoo visit, where you’ll finally get eye-level with a joey at their new Conrad Prebys Australian Outback: Koalafornia Dreamin'.
Straight from the East Coast of Australia are: koalas, wombats, wallabies, native birds and yes - a Tasmanian devil. It’s no surprise that this is largest koala colony outside of Australia - impressive, right?
WHERE IS IT?
After you enter the zoo, head to the right. The copious amounts of eucalyptus trees house more than 20 koalas in this vast 3-acred Aussie territory. Pay close attention to the joeys on their mother's backs!
TIPS FOR MAKING IT EXTRA-FUN FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE:
- Locate and identify each koala. You'll see helpful pictures of the girls and boys for a fun matchup.
- Connect with your inner-monkey, and climb the koala-klimber tree to curl up to these snuggly koalas for a perfect photo-op.
- Discover the totem pole animal representations - sure to make even the youngest of them even say wow!
IF SUDDENLY YOURE HUNGRY
If Koalafornia Dreamin' sparks your inner Aussie, hit up Sydney's Grill for rib tips or a black bean veggie burger (about $20 for lunch), or you can always pack a lunch and picnic wherever you'd like.
If you still have energy, check out the other thousands of zoo animals and you're bound to have an exhilarating yet exhausting day! The amazing thing about the zoo, and why us parents love it so much, is you see something different every time you go. You never know when you might see the polar bears wrestle, or even walk away with a family portrait with an orangutan - say cheese!