This Half Term have you thought about visiting a zoo? Why do people go to the zoo?
The simple answer is to see the animals. A common part of a child’s visit to the zoo involves running from exhibit to exhibit to observe the animals. The zoo is an amazing place it gives people the chance to observe wildlife they may otherwise never see and establishes the importance of conservation efforts all over the world.
Remembering that for the kids, a visit to the zoo is an educational feast. From watching the animals to attending the keeper talks, there is always something to learn. Kids like animals, especially the kinds of animals you don’t see in everyday life. The chance to see, watch and learn about these animals unlocks passions you maybe didn’t know was there before.
Chester is the largest of the zoos in the UK, you will need a full day to explore it, with over 7,000 animals it is definitely a fun filled day out.
Colchester Zoo is home to over 200 species of animals, many of which are classified as endangered or vulnerable species. The zoo has some of the best cat and primate collections in Europe, you can even watch the African Lions being fed.
Edinburgh Zoo is home to the only two giant pandas in the UK today, called Tian Tian and Yang Guang. They even have a webcam on the pandas, so you can still keep updated after you have gone home.
Bristol Zoo is home to the North American river otter. The Zoo is a registered charity so your visit will help support their conservation programmes.
Dublin Zoo opened in 1831 and is one of the world's oldest and most popular zoos and is a wonderful natural habitats for over 400 animals.