What an incredibly episode for Planet Earth II. After the relatively quiet and almost somber 2nd episode "Mountains," "Jungles" picks up by taking us to explore some of the densest areas of the world. A key statistic is thrown out early on - jungles make up only 6% of the world, but over 50% of animals on the planet inhabit them. They are dense ecosystems, and as a result this episode is extremely dense with the number of creatures on display - some for just brief momentary glimpses, while others are on screen and followed with David Attenborough's signature narration and humanization.
Found within San Diego’s major lure, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is internationally renowned as one of the “best zoos” in town. And by town, we mean, the world. As animal lovers and nature enthusiasts, it’s hard to resist the urge to go to a zoo, whether it be a local one or this major tourist attraction. To see some of these animals, especially those that would be considered more “exotic” in nature, in person is a real treat and spectacle. I am glad we did not pass up the opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo, even though we had to rush through it somewhat because of having to get somewhere with family. Needless to say, though, we soon discovered that this zoo is really too large to be experienced in just a couple of hours. Spend a whole day, or even multiple days, checking out all it has to offer!