{Not Quite} Wordless Wednesday: My Favorite Animals

A few weeks ago, when we took our San Diego family honeymoon trip, we spent a full day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. We had an amazing experience, which included a cart safari through the African animals exhibit. There were far too many animals to include on a Wordless Wednesday post {I’m sure I’ll get around to blogging about it eventually though} so I decided to focus on my favorite animals ever today.

My favorite animals {in no particular order}:

Cheetah Run San Diego Zoo Safari Park

When we watched the cheetah run at the Safari Park, I may have teared up a bit. It has always been my dream to see a cheetah run, since I did a report on them in the third grade. These cats are ridiculously amazing.

Okapi at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

They have the top half of a horse {or at least donkey} & the bottom half of a zebra, yet their closest relative is the giraffe. It’s for that confusing fact alone that I love okapis, though they’re pretty cool anyway.

Squirrel at DisneyMoviesEvent

I lived in Chicago until I was 6, where squirrels are everywhere. I grew up feeding them our stale bread & watching them while I played on my swingset. Then we moved to Vegas, where we have NO squirrels. My heart broke. Now whenever I travel anywhere that has squirrels {so almost anywhere} it becomes a squirrel watching expedition. {Like in the photo above, which was taken while I was on the #DisneyMoviesEvent press trip in LA.}

Bella Notte

More specifically, this girl right here, though I’ve never met a cold, wet nose I didn’t love. I have had a few dogs in my life, including a childhood dog that still holds a heavy piece of my heart, but Bella Notte is right up there with him- and she’s still around, so bonus points.

For the record, I love just about every animal ever, so this list really could go on for days. But I picked the ones that make me squeal when I see pictures of them on the internet, because that’s pretty much how I judge how much I care about things.

What’s your favorite animal?

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  1. I understand totally. I’m a HUGE animal lover too… and bird lover. That’s one reason I live on a farm. I worked at a pet store for many, many years before the farm, just to quell the ache of not being able to have everything, lol. I love the big cats, they are so graceful, and squirrels, well, you’ve seen my crochet… We have 7 dogs here on the farm, and two are my personal chaperones.
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  2. My daughter would hug you if she saw this. All her favorites are on this list…except for the Okapis. :)
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  3. I love cats… as for zoo animals, love the elephants and giraffes.
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  4. That looks like so much fun. I was at the San Diego Zoo for about an hour last April and I was amazed!
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  5. Carolyn G says:

    Great photos! I love cheetahs roo

  6. The Okapis are very interesting! I dunno if I have ever seen one before.
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  7. We went to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park a couple of years ago. I think I preferred it when it was the Wild Animal Park. I swear the monorail ride was much longer years ago and you got to see more of the park.
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  8. I can tell from the photos you are an animal lover. They are just so cute!
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  9. Okapis are definitely interesting and adorable animals.
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  10. I’ve never heard of an Okapis before. They sound pretty interesting.
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  11. We have Okapis in the San Antonio Zoo! They ARE really cool!!
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  12. How pretty! I’m a large cat fan myself.
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  13. Looks so fun, love that first photo!
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  14. Aww, you have no squirrels? I thought they were everywhere! I love most animals too – great shots of these, it looks like you guys had a great time.

  15. I have never heard of Okapis, they are neat looking!
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  16. I don’t think I”ve ever seen an Okapi before! One of my favorite animals is a Tapir. I first saw it at a zoo, and I think it looks like a creature from a sci-fi/fantasy movie LOL.
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  17. Those are some pretty cool animals! I have a hard time picking favorites… They’re all so cool! Dolphins are at the top of the list, though. :) So glad you guys had so much fun on your honeymoon trip!!!
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  18. I love the picture of the squirrel believe it or not. I love them!
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  19. love the cheetahs – so pretty & fast!!
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  20. Okay I have never seen a Okapis before and while slightly odd they are a neat looking animal.
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  21. I like the okapis, it’s a very cool looking animal! I always love seeing the elephants when we go to the zoo!
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  22. Great captures of the cheetah and okapi! We haven’t been there for ages and it may just be time to visit again :)
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  23. the last time I went to the zoo there was a very HAPPY Okapi, if you know what i mean.
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  24. My daughter loves any and all animals. She really has a gift when it comes to their care. Today, she chose to take care of our neighbor’s foster puppy over visiting her best friend who is only here in the summer. It’s heartwarming.
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  25. My favorite animal would have to be the tiger. So pretty!!! That or the panda bear. I want to cuddle with the cubs.
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  26. What a random bunch of favorite animals! Too cute! I think mine is the polar bear even though they’re mean. I like the way they look!
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  27. Too funny, my daughter did a report on cheetahs in the 1st grade! She will love that picture!
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  28. I love your pictures! I am glad you like squirrels. So do I.
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