A group of boys from St. John the Baptist BNS spent a very exciting day at Dublin Zoo last Thursday. The trip was the prize for winning a competition run in conjunction with National Strawberry Week.
Mrs. Monica Slattery, (Special Needs Assistant) runs a flower club in the school, as part of The Incredible Edibles School Programme, over 1000 schools around the country were sent strawberry runners to plant. They were also given a poster to decorate with the first prize being a day out at Dublin Zoo. Mrs. Slattery and the Flower Club were winners of the competition and arrived at the Phoenix Park destination at 11am. The group was met by tour guide Jim and bought to the Family Farm classroom where in conjunction with Bord Bia they received a very informative talk on strawberries, sampled strawberries and were given a t-shirt.
The tour continued to the Reptile Zoo where the alligators were having lunch! Not a pleasant experience but the boys thought it was brilliant, large white rats were on the menu that day, they were also allowed to handle some snakes. Then it was over to see the elephants being fed.
The zoo keepers spoke to the children about the importance of conservation. Dublin zoo participates in global breeding programmes that help to ensure the continued survival of endangered species. After that it was lunch followed by a quick visit to the tigers, seals, monkeys, goats and wolves. Home to over 600 animals Dublin Zoo is well worth a visit.
The family farm which was developed by Agri Aware and Dublin Zoo is located in the centre of the zoo and enables the children to learn about farm animals, food origin and the role of the farmer. Sincere thanks to everyone at Dublin Zoo for giving the boys a day to remember.