Cheetah Run VIP Experience, San Diego Safari Park
There is a public cheetah run most days at 3:30 PM. We chose the VIP experience. It was $18 per person (admission to the park is separate). At 3:00, we were admitted to a shaded seating area. Then, the staff brought a bat-eared fox as an animal ambassador. The animal was on a lease and came about a foot from us. It busily solved a puzzle box to get treats. So cute!
|Cute bat-eared fox from Africa|
When the cheetah rested a bit and had a snack, she was allowed into our area for a visit. She was on a leash. She was about two feet away. It was amazing! We learned a lot about cheetahs and also about how the zoo animals are trained. They are trained with a clicker and taught behaviors that make it possible for them to receive medical care. It was a special experience!
|Behati and Willow inspecting the course|
|Behati walking back for a second run|
|We meet a cheetah and a lab|
Afterward, we had a snack at the newly opened Watering Hole at Kijami Overlook. We saw giraffes and rhinos, including a baby rhino up close.