"Roaring Rex" : Future Zoo Icon by Weezilou

"Roaring Rex" : Future Zoo Icon

Having started the day here, and coming home with hundreds of photos, it was nearly impossible to make a choice! I'll explain why this picture, which isn't even one I took, rose to the top!

As we were leaving the zoo yesterday evening, there was an immense gold drape concealing "something special" with guards surrounding it! We asked when it would be revealed, and were told the unveiling would be at 8 in the morning.

On this day, my head was still in dreamland on my pillow as 8 came and went, but this was a holiday, and I had no desire to rise that early! As it turned out, we learned that the unveiling had been later the night before, perhaps for the dignitaries and invited guests. There had been speakers in the morning, but this was good enough for me!

As the San Diego Zoo is celebrating its 100th Anniversary, this lion was designed to commemorate the occasion. He's gorgeous, of course, and metallic. A zoo staff member was photographing the days guests and she was kind enough to take my camera, too.

There you have it: Souvenir Photo!

That’s a very impressive lion leaping behind you both! Good to see you both in the sunshine! It sounds like San Diego zoo does good work with conservation - so impressed with their work with the panda.
March 26th, 2018  
very cool lion!
March 26th, 2018  
Oh wow. How lovely to be one of the first people to see it and pose beneath it! Beautiful and a great choice!
March 26th, 2018  
And it's a great statue too! But I wouldn't stand there long.....he obviously already ate the dignitaries and has his hungry eye on you two......
March 26th, 2018  
Lots of photos will be taken in this spot.
March 26th, 2018  
Marvelous souvenir photo! He is a fabulous lion, you two look so cool, backpacks, hats, cameras, comfortable shoes, you talk the talk and walk the walk on how to be just the best tourists!
March 26th, 2018  
Neat photo!
March 26th, 2018  
I visited that zoo before I was born! And many times again later - haha! That lion is incredible! Thank you for sharing!
March 26th, 2018  
you look good! and that big lion made me laugh!
March 26th, 2018  
Great capture...Amazing lion :)
March 26th, 2018  
@casablanca OMG what an awesome and hysterical comment!!! LOVE THAT!!!
March 26th, 2018  
@jamibann I hadn't thought of this as having "future historical perspective for my children" but pretty cool! We just love this amazing zoo!
March 26th, 2018  
@joansmor There already were! It's funny that this spot looks so empty as it was crowded when we arrived...we just waited our turn!
March 26th, 2018  
@stownsend You're fairly close enough to make San Diego a nice visit for a few days! Every time we go down there I tell Ken I'd like to plan to stay for several days! There's SO MUCH to do and photograph! It's an awesome city!
March 26th, 2018  
@parisouailleurs We like our cats! I'm even fortunate enough to have an August birthday, so I'm a Leo as well! I love have my picture taken with lion statuary, or, best of all, when we were in Mexico and I got to hold a lion cub! https://365project.org/Weezilou/365/2014-01-22
March 26th, 2018  
@pamknowler The SD Zoo and its Safari park (about 25 miles to the north) are world renowned for their reintroduction of near-extinct animals back into the wild. There is a mountain goat from Iran that was down to about 400 in the wild, and they've been propagated and reintroduced. The California Condor is one of the biggies around here that they've brought back from the brink of extinction. It's a HUGE zoo, and built into hills...you'd have to have a wheel chair...I have trouble enough traversing it all, but if you can get there, it's so worth it!
March 26th, 2018  
What a great time to be visiting the zoo. It's such an amazing one -- you're fortunate to be able to spend time there.
March 26th, 2018  
I'll never understand the balance of sculptures like this.
March 26th, 2018  
Great sculpture and a lovely photo of you both Fav
March 26th, 2018  
A wonderful backdrop , nice to see you both having fun a fav
March 26th, 2018  
@tunia We were mulling that one as well!!! I put my ear to it and tapped; it's metal! It must just have an armature in the back section and more weight( obviously!) toward the front! I wonder if many people there yesterday noticed and thought of that!
March 26th, 2018  
A great pic. of you, the lion statue and the entrance of the zoo. Looks you got nice weather by paying this visit.
March 26th, 2018  
Wow what a lovely photo of the two of you Louise..................so nice of this lion to accommodate you! :)
March 26th, 2018  
Such a great memory shot!
March 27th, 2018  
No wonder you posted this shot, love it.
March 27th, 2018  
Oh huge fav! Wish I could have been with you too. Love the new lion!
March 27th, 2018  
What a massive, and impressive structure!
March 27th, 2018  
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