Thursday, June 6, 2013

Back at the zoo; What We Learned on our Trip to Southwick's Zoo

 While we never really stop learning, I officially consider us on summer vacation at this point.  Today was one of those perfect summer days and at the last minute we decided to head out to the zoo.



The boys were extra happy when I let them bring some of their own money to buy a toy or stuffed animal.  Every now and then I love to give them the opportunity to learn a little real life money management.  We have a few trips planned in the next few weeks that I know they'll want money for and so I reminded them of that before they decided how much to bring today.

The weather was gorgeous and we hadn't been to the zoo in quite awhile so everyone was very excited.

 We managed to see:

  • all the animals (some a few times)
  • watch a bird talk show
  • see a new show called peacock party (since a group of peafowl is called a party--- did anyone else know that?)
  • an educational demonstration about various animals in the Earth Conservation building
  •  a train ride through the elk forest 
The boys got to: 

  • hold a parakeet
  •  pet ferrets, chinchillas
  • feel a snow corn snake
  • touch a hedgehog
We listened to the lioness growl at everyone and heard tapirs make little tooting sounds to one another.  We saw new animals too-- like two toed sloths!

The two younger boys brought their cameras and practiced taking pictures.   The zoo has long since been our favorite way to learn about animals and geography.  All three of my boys have become experts about animals.  Even Evan could tell you all about prehensile tails and the difference between apes and monkeys.

And yet, with as much as they know they learn more each time we go.  It's the best form of life learning!  I took so many pictures it was ridiculous!  Yet I was only able to upload a few so here they are:    

Evan taking pictures of the kangaroos
"Bamboo! Look mom they have Bamboo here"
The giant tortoise was walking and moving
The lion cubs have gotten so big and were awake and yawning.
Prairie dogs are Evan's favorite
turtles playing follow the leader

The lion was growling and even crouched down like she was going to pounce! 
The sloth is carrying a baby sloth! 

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