A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
003: Giant panda
One of the main touristic locations in San Diego is Balboa Park, a 490-hectare urban cultural park. The park hosts many museums – among which Museum of Man, Natural History Museum, Museum of Air & Space – cultural centers (such as Spanish Village) and the world famous San Diego ZOO. This 44-hectare park hosts over 3700 animals of more than 650 species. Most animals are no longer kept in cages, but in open spaces. It is one of the very few zoos in the world that has a breeding program for giant pandas. When I visited the ZOO in 1999, it was possible to see the black-and-white pandas. However, I had to queue, and it was not allowed to pause, to have some time for a picture. I took this picture while I was walking slowly, following the long queue. It was really worth the effort to see these unique animals!
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 1999, 2017