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March Weekday Photo Shoot: San Diego Zoo

Join us for a fun and exciting weekday Photo Shoot of at the San Diego Zoo!

We will meet to the right of the entrance in front of the membership booth at 8:30a.m. and do the group photo and get in line at 8:45a.m. We will enter the Zoo when it opens at 9:00a.m. sharp. Please be on time! If you are late or lost, do not worry, you can call me Walter on my cell phone at[masked], and I will tell you where we are, but try not be late. Maps are available at the entrance. If you're unfamiliar with the Zoo, take one. Here is a link to the Zoo web site:


San Diego Zoo

Our Route. Please read this.

Due to the new Panda Cub, the route has been changed. Please familiarize yourself with it.

As soon as the Zoo opens we will rush to the Panda Exhibit to check out the Panda Cub. (Cross your fingers the little tyke is awake.) After that we will check out the large Panda Exhibit which has other Red and Black Pandas and a baby Takin. Then it's up Bear Canyon, a route we don't usually take, which has various monkeys, Sun Bears, Brown Bears, Otters, etc. Then it's off to see Giraffes, Rhinos, Flamingoes and hopefully Cheetahs. Next we will see the Camels and then it's down Cat Canyon where will see the Singing Dog, Striped and Spotted Hyenas. As for the cats, we will Siberian Lynx, Snow Leopards, Jaguar, Pumas and Amur Leopards. Then it's up the big Escalator to the Lions, Jaguars and Elephants.

We will break for lunch at the Sabertooth Grill. Here we can rest, enjoy lunch, trade epic yarns about our adventures so far on the shoot, and talk about cameras and gear. You can either bring your lunch or eat at the Grill. Here's a link to the Menu: Sabertooth Grill

After our rest it's off to see Secretary Birds, those lovable Meerkats and Mongoose! Next we will repeat a bit of our trek along the camels, but will eventually reach Orang Utans, Gorillas and some very cool Aviaries. Gibbons will be our next destination along with various types of Monkeys. Cross your fingers we the elusive Mandrill. Next comes the large Flamingo Pond. It's mating season for them.

This will put us at the exit. You can either leave at this point or see more. There is the Reptile House, the giant Turtles, The Hummingbird House and much more, including the Bird Eating Spider.

Some special notes (Please read this too):

If you RSVP YES, please show up, otherwise change your RSVP to NO.

Bring walking shoes, water, hats and sunscreen etc. or whatever you need. A telephoto zoom is the best lens to bring. You can also pack your lunch if you like.

If you are a member of the Zoo and have a guest pass that can be used by a non-member, please indicate so in your RSVP. This generosity has helped quite a few people in our photo shoots in the past, as the current admission for non-members is now (gulp) $42.00. Thank you.

Members needing assistance or who have questions can ask me, Laurie or Barbara. We will be glad to help. There will also be other experienced photographers present willing to help out.

It should be another great day out. If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas you can email Walter by going to my member profile. If you get lost or separated from the group, call my cell phone,[masked]-7893. See you there!

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  • D. Michael M.

    Had a great day.

    March 21, 2013

  • Laurie T.

    Great group, great weather, and lots of photo ops. A special thanks to Peter from George's Camera for bringing all of the fun equipment.

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Patrick B.

    Great group and good weather make for a wonderful day at the zoo.

    March 20, 2013

  • Barbara F.

    Wonderful day at the zoo. A fun group and amazing weather.

    March 20, 2013

  • Richard G.

    another great day at the zoo... Thanks Walter,glad that you know all the short cuts to the cool stuff

    March 20, 2013

    • Nancie C.

      Looks like that new little camera is taking some amazing photos!!!!

      March 20, 2013

  • Nancie C.

    Perfect weather and a fun shoot. Great people!

    March 20, 2013

  • "M"

    Fun outing with a great group! Thanks Walter and Barbara for organizing.

    March 20, 2013

  • Richard C.

    Beautiful day... Nice group of friends...

    March 20, 2013

  • Don B.

    Very enjoyable outing with a great group of people.
    Thanks Walter for another success story.

    March 20, 2013

  • Walter Otto K.

    A fine day out with as friendly and outgoing group of photographers. Perfect temperatures. No Baby Panda, but lots of the animals to photograph. An enjoyable lunch as well. Thanks to Peter for bringing some lenses, teleconverters and a monopod for us to use.

    March 20, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Hi all,

    I just changed my RSVP, and I apologize for the last minute notice. I will not be able to make it that early for sure. I am hoping to get to the Zoo tomorrow, but I am relinquishing my spot, hoping someone on the waiting list can take it.

    March 19, 2013

  • Mark H.

    It turns out I can't make it that early tomorrow. I am so sorry to miss out. I hope to get to the Zoo tomorrow, but by that point I am afraid I'll be on my own. If anyone can take my place, please do so.

    March 19, 2013

  • Phyllis Z.

    Just checked my email to late... I have other obligations. Thank You

    March 19, 2013

  • Kate T.

    So glad I was bumped up, but my Granddaughter just arrived in town for wedding planning!

    March 19, 2013

  • Kate T.

    Sorry, just saw email that I was off the Waitlist, but my Granddaughter just came into town.

    March 19, 2013

  • Terry M.

    Fiancee's having surgery; can't attend. Sorry.

    March 19, 2013

  • Bruce H.

    I had to cancel my spot this morning. Hopefully someone can fill my spot.

    March 19, 2013

  • Laurie T.

    I can get someone in on my pass. Email me if you are interested.

    March 18, 2013

    • Nancie C.

      Deborah...if you have applied for membership then you can go to the Membership booth and let them know and they will give you a pass to get in.

      March 19, 2013

  • Bruce H.

    Walter, I am so sorry to miss this event. I am helping an elderly friend move this week. The dates were moved after I signed up for this shoot. Hopefully I'll see you soon, Bruce

    March 19, 2013

  • Willa W.

    I can get one in on my pass as well.

    March 18, 2013

  • Kellie S.

    Looks like I won't be able to make it after all, so a spot is open!

    March 15, 2013

  • Peter F.

    Hi there, Everyone!

    From George's Camera, I will be joining your group to assist with any questions, techniques, and suggestions to help you have fun.

    For your convenience, I will plan to bring along teleconverters, mono-pods, and possibly 1-2 lenses. Any photography items I
    bring will be available to you, as a first-request first serve basis on the day of our meetup.. Please have your ID handy, for me to hold if you plan to borrow any of this good stuff.

    Please let me know if you have special requests- I will gladly accommodate any I can. :^)

    March 15, 2013

  • Dan M

    Change of work schedule :(

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got a job, so I will be working!!! Woo hoo!

    March 9, 2013

  • Willa W.

    I can bring in one guest if I go. Right now, I cannot premise it as I might be out of town on that day.

    March 5, 2013

  • Walter Otto K.

    Looking for an extra Zoo Pass for one of the attendees. If you have one available please contact me via email. Thanks!

    March 5, 2013

  • D. Michael M.

    Always love the zoo

    February 28, 2013

  • Walter Otto K.

    I can get one lucky member in with my pass. First member to email me, gets the pass.

    February 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Walter --can use the pass if you still have one

      February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Baby panda!!!!!

    February 27, 2013

  • Scott B.

    i have been waiting for this for a long time

    February 27, 2013

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