Our trip to Colchester Zoo seems a long time ago now as we have enjoyed half term and our exciting Arts Week since then but we wanted to share our fun with you.
The day was cold but luckily stayed dry. Each child picked an animal that they wanted to see and told their group leader. By the end of the day we had seen all of these animals and many more. Feeding the elephants and giraffes is always a highlight and the children overcame their fears to feed these giants. Did you know that giraffes have very long black tongues?
Despite the cold, many of the animals came out to see us. The otters posed beautifully in a line for the children, we caught a glimpse of the new baby hippo and the majestic male lion was prowling around his enclosure. We loved standing in the glass tunnel and watching the seals swim over us. They moved so fast! Mrs Moore took her group to visit the lorikeets. The children were delighted when a young couple gave them their pots of nectar so they could feed the rainbow coloured birds. They were very excited when the birds came to land on them until poor Emily got covered in poo. Then they decided it was time to leave!
Both classes listened very well and joined in discussions when we went to the Discovery Centre for our talk about endangered creatures. They were saddened to see the animal skins and items made out of animals that had been donated to the zoo by customs officers. The children were challenged to go away and learn about an ugly endangered creature. People are happy to try to save beautiful tigers but perhaps not the Big Pine Key Conehead Katydid as much. I wonder what they found out!
The children behaved impeccably and seemed to enjoy their day despite feeling a little chilly at times. We would like to thank Mr and Mrs Gapper, Ms Matthews, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Fadil, Mrs Fleet and Mrs Woodward for giving up their time to come with us.