Reporting from San Diego — For the record: Yes, that was Newt Gingrich at the San Diego Zoo on Tuesday for a 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour.
Gingrich was in the area raising money for his bid for the Republican presidential nomination but found time to visit the zoo, including feeding a young panda, looking at elephants, polar bears and tigers, and posing for pictures with zoo staffers.
Gingrich has made other visits to the zoo and Safari Park, including a sleepover at the park's Snore and Roar program.
A stop at the zoo is a kind of tradition for presidents and presidential hopefuls. Bill, Chelsea and Hillary Clinton visited the zoo and Safari Park (formerly known as the Wild Animal Park).