On Wednesday 20th March 5th class went to Taronga Zoo for the whole day.
From the entrance gate we walked down the hill to the Asian elephants, passing the giraffes and chimpanzees on the way. We stopped to have morning tea, and then went to the Education centre. The zoo keepers said we were the best class ever at sitting in a circle.
While we were there the zoo keeper discussed rainforests with us. We were able to describe the four layers of the rainforest, Forest floor, Understorey, Canopy and Emergent. We were also able to discuss how the rainforests of the world are in danger from deforestation. The keeper sprayed his hands with water and then showed us a green tree frog, he had to use fresh, clean water because the frog needs to be kept wet and dirty water makes frogs sick and they can die. We also got to touch a python, a ring tailed possum and a stick insect, all of these animals live in the rainforest.
Next we went on the rainforest trail. First we watched the keepers washing the Asian elephants. They do this every day. We went through double doors to enter the aviary where we saw many rainforest birds and fish. At the end of the trail we saw the gibbon, fishing cat and then decided we needed lunch.
We ate together looking out across the harbour. We walked to the skyway via the seals and penguins but we weren t allowed on it so we had to walk back. We split into two groups and saw the big cats and the komodo dragon. The boys also saw the reptile exhibit.
It was a hot day and we were really tired when we got back on the bus. Our day at the zoo was exciting, fun, interesting and good exercise.