(This is part of a series, Blogging from A to Z April 2014 Challenge.
My theme for the challenge is Quintessential San Diego from A to Z, focusing on those things that are  typical, or perfect, or classic examples of San Diego life. Today is our last one, Z!)

What could possibly be more Quintessential San Diego than the Zoo?

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Baby Elephant, Stuck!
Photo by Penny Hyde

The San Diego Zoo was founded in 1916. It is in Balboa Park, next to downtown San Diego. The Zoo is home to more than 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing approximately 660 species and subspecies. 

San Diego has the largest collection of koalas outside of Australia. 

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Koala Mother and Her Joey
Photo by Penny Hyde

A big ‘thank you’ to Penny Hyde for her amazing pictures. Her love for the animals shines through.

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Jaguar Cub Asleep in Tree
Photo by Penny Hyde

We love to take our grandkiddos to the Zoo. Here’s a post about a recent outing.