It was a perfect summer night. The birds were chirping and bees buzzing. There was a hum of cicadas on the horizon and a cool, gentle breeze blowing. Our guides escorted us into our campsite for the night, right at the center of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. We were there for the “Roar & Snore” and we were all excited. Toddlers jumped up and down, thrilled about this special evening of camping. Little did they know how special it was about to get…
First stop on the tour after dinner was the Elephant enclosure. The elephants were all out, close to the viewing zone and they seemed playful, trumpeting at each other and wrestling with their trunks.
And then one of the elephants, right in front of G-d and a few dozen innocent, wide eyed, four year olds, mounted another one. It begged the question:
“Mommy? Why does that elephant have two trunks?”
To be fair, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a breeding facility, and a highly successful one at that. I’m not sure if it’s the cool breezes, the romantic so-cal sunsets or something in the water, but the animals at that park, at least on the night we were there, were in the MOOD.
It wasn’t just the elephants.
Birds do, bees do it, even beetles in the trees were doing it. As parents we had some ‘splaining to do. Or not. Here’s a little bit of how we handled the situation…
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Disclosure: I was a guest of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on the night in question. I was there to write a feature about the Safari Park for my own blog, Momfluential. Watch for my review there. Our love for the Safari Park has not been scandalized in the slightest by the amorous animals during our visit.