Baby Elephant at Roar and Snore in San Diego Safari Park

Safari Park in San Diego

Baby elephant at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I captured this image of a four day old baby elephant at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. My wife and I were at the Roar and Snore camping adventure that allows you to spend the night in tents inside the park. For more on that program I wrote up a full review of the Roar and Snore experience.

The good thing is that is also includes two full day passes (day before and after camping). So we were able to roam the park at our own pace and take lots of photos. The baby elephant was very popular, but he/she was not always visible. We lucked out on our first visit, he was very close to the viewing area.

Later at night the baby elephant was too far away and hiding behind it’s mother, so our day visit was worth the trip. If you visit the elephant enclosure look for the large square cutouts on the fence, this allows you to photograph them without having the fence blur your pictures. That’s how I took the photo above.

One of the other highlights of the trip included the lions, I was able to capture them roaring in the early morning. About 6:30 am, we walked over to the area and I captured the video below.
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Tomato or Tobacco Hornworm ate my Chile de árbol

This green caterpillar, either a tomato hornworm or tobacco hornworm, ate most of my chili plant.

For the past several months I’ve been growing a chili plant, known as Chile de árbol. It’s grown several nice red chili’s so I was looking forward to many more in the next several weeks.

However, yesterday I noticed something strange. One of the branches seemed to be missing some leaves, I didn’t think much of it, thought perhaps the wind blew them off or something. But the strange part wasn’t the leaves, but some small black pebbles that were on the base and around the planter.

First I thought they were dropping from some rodent, but we’ve never had any and it was strange how they were only around the chili planter. I left it alone and didn’t give it much thought. Then I woke up this morning to a surprise.

Today, the plant was missing 95% of it’s leaves and the black small pebble “droppings” were coming from the large green worm you see above. Overnight it had eaten most of the leaves and literally was munching on the last one on the branch!

Obviously the day before there were warning signs, the missing leaves and black droppings around the base of the planter. The green color of the worm also made it impossible for me to see it unless I was looking for it.

The green worm, according to Wikipedia is either a tomato hornworm or tobacco hornworm. I can’t tell the difference, if you know let me know below with a comment.

As for the chili plant, well I hope it recovers.

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