Lions and Tigers and Herbs

Chef Pete Peterson couldn’t resist helping himself to the massive resources in the San Diego Wild Animal Park’s 4,000-square-foot herb garden. Now, with cuttings and transplants from the mother garden, he has a culinary plot of his own.

Chef Pete Peterson gardens and cooks at the 2,200-acre San Diego Wild Animal Park, where more than 3,200 Asian and African elephants roam in dense forests, flourishing wetlands, sprawling savannas, and open plains. The park is also a botanical garden that boasts more than 3,500 species of exotic plants.