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Posted by: Staff | 31 Dec 2014

Chester Zoo Trip

The recent BBC drama, Our Zoo, was in my mind as I accompanied Year 6 on their Science trip to Chester Zoo. George Mottershead’s dream of a 'zoo without bars', where his family and others could experience nature up-close has indeed become a reality; a place to enjoy a vast range fascinating creatures whilst supporting in the work of conserving rare species. Like his daughter June, from the BBC series, with her pet chimpanzee Mary, the absolute delight of our Year 6 students as the buffy headed capuchins jumped over to see them up-close was a treat to watch. Likewise the spider monkeys, as they reached out hands and feet out towards the children, were met with great smiles, whilst the industrious practice of picking and eating fleas from one another’s backs drew plentiful groans and grimaces!

Some quotes from Year 6:

"The trip was really fun...especially when a capuchin monkey dived at our window, splatting himself against the glass right in front of our faces!"

"The cheetahs were extraordinary."

"Did you know...male cheetahs form coalitions (packs) but female cheetahs are solitary? ...cockroaches are waterproof due to a waxy coating on their backs? ...the python at Chester Zoo is 7 metres long!?"

"The saying 'blind as a bat' is really a myth. They have excellent eye sight, even at night."

Our educational talk from Andrew was brilliant - once we got passed a few interesting questions such as ‘Would your giant cockroach explode if we heated him in the microwave?’ and ‘Would you like some more live chickens for the python – we have some at home?’ We learned a huge amount about habitats, food chains and environments, and got hands on with touching snakes skins, animal skeleton bones, an ivory tusk and much more. The Okapi became a particular favourite of year 6 form teacher, Mrs Sharples, with its zebra-striped legs and deer-like body, it looked as if it might have leaped straight out of the pages of the Narnia book which year 6 are currently reading. But to see this and many more wonderful species, you will just have to go yourself...or join the Year 6 trip next year!

Mrs S Sharples