Living: Travel: ANIMAL MAGIC.Byline: ROZ LAWS
HOW do you scare a dolphin? Clap your hands and shout 'Boo!', of course!
My new friend Priscilla reacted to this with a high-pitched squeal, but the trainer assured us she loved this game and wasn't really frightened. In fact, the dolphin appeared to be having almost as much fun as me as we played together in a pool at San Diego's SeaWorld Adventure Park.
She rose from the water so I could hold her flippers and dance with her. And cuddling up for a photo was an extraordinary, unforgettable experience.
It's this kind of animal magic that I'll always associate with San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. . Just the day before, I'd been hand-feeding giraffes and getting amazingly close to rhinos at the city's Wild Animal Park Wild Animal Park may refer to:
And later on, I watched in awe as a giant panda rolled and dozed in the world famous San Diego Zoo San Diego Zoo
One of the world's largest collections of mammals, birds, and reptiles, located in San Diego, Calif., and administered by the Zoological Society of San Diego. The 100-acre (40. .
Of course there's more to San Diego than its wildlife. This sunny Californian city, a two-hour drive south of Los Angeles and close to the Mexican border, has a pleasant atmosphere and plenty to see.
A good way to start exploring is by boarding an Old Town Trolley Tour, pounds 15 for adults and pounds 7.50 for children. You can cover 30 miles in an informative two-hour guided tour, or hop on and off at eight stops along the way including the old town, harbour, zoo and huge Horton Plaza shopping centre.
One stop you must make is at the extensive Balboa Park with its 15 museums, pretty gardens and superb Prado restaurant, as well as the zoo, which is home to the giant pandas on loan from China - Shi Shi, Bai Yun and their three-year-old Hua Mei.
San Diego is the home of the US Pacific Fleet and the Tom Cruise movie Top Gun was filmed here. Most of the sailors are stationed on the charming island of Coronado, worth a visit to see the grand Hotel Del Coronado The Hotel del Coronado is a luxury hotel in the City of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. .
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At night, head for the historic Gaslamp Quarter, featuring Victorian buildings housing restaurants, bars and clubs buzzing with live music.
Travel 35 miles north of the city and you come to the Wild Animal Park. This is much bigger than anything else you might have encountered of its type, such as the West Midlands Safari Park.
At 2,200 acres, the wildlife preserve is home to more than 3,500 animals and 250 species. Many rare creatures from Asia and Africa, including white rhinos, zebras, flamingos and gazelles, can roam and breed freely.
The best way to see them is on a caravan tour in an open-sided truck. This brings you up so close to the creatures that in some cases you can touch them.
I marvelled as a family of giraffes came up to be fed - feeling their rough bluey-grey tongues lick your hand is a surreal experience.
Later, we found ourselves among a small herd of rhinos as they patiently waited for their helping of apples. I came back with some fantastic photographs and great memories.
For further information on San Diego, visit www.sandiego.org or ring 0906 577 0032.
A half-hour interactive dolphin experience at SeaWorld (www.seaworld.com) costs $135 (around pounds 80) per person in addition to the park admission of $42.95. Advanced booking is essential.
The caravan tour at the San Diego Wild Animal Park The San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park is a zoo in the San Pasqual Valley area of San Diego, California. It is one of the largest tourist attractions in the city and Southern California. (www.sandiegozoo.org) costs around $100 (pounds 60) and also has to be booked.
Children need to be at least eight years old.
SYNCHRONISED GRINNING... Roz and new pool pal Priscilla; BREAK FOR THE BORDER... Mexico is just a short hop from downtown San Diego