Year 1 & Year 2 Visit to Marwell Zoo
We are studying habitats this term and visited Marwell Zoo to look at different animals and the habitats in which they live. The first animals we saw were the penguins. Some of us were disappointed not to see lots of snow and ice, but we learnt that penguins can be found in many places around the world. Not all of them live in snowy habitats but they all have one thing in common – they love the water!
After that we followed the Savanah trail and found lots of animals who would usually live in the dry grassy plains of Africa. Evie was our class photographer and managed to take some lovely shots of giraffes, rhinos and zebras.
We stopped for lunch with the snow leopard. This majestic animal usually lives in the foothills of very tall mountains and has to live some of the time in very cold weather. We were all very pleased when the snow leopard made an appearance (maybe it was the smell of our lovely sandwiches) and we could see the thick coat and long bushy tail that would keep it warm during the coldest days.
Our final stop in our whistle stop tour of the zoo was to the Education Centre where some lovely keepers showed us some animal skins (these were from animals who were sadly killed a very long time ago) so we could feel and touch and feel the different textures of the animal coats. We then thought about what we would need to live in certain habitats and how animals each have special features that allow them to live in these places naturally (after all have you ever seen a turtle with plastic flippers?).
We had a lovely day and the children are looking forward to continuing their learning and discovering more about habitats and where they are in the world as we continue working on this topic.