Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Our vivacious Auckland zoo trip

On the 4th of April 2014 rooms 10,9 and 7 went to the Auckland Zoo to discover new information about Native birds, trees and endangered animals. The purpose of going to the Auckland zoo was because we were studying about Survival In The Wild.
There were 3 different lecturers waiting for us to take us around the zoo to explore about native birds.

We were escorted to an area that was decorated with information and pictures about insects and birds. First we were with John. John took us in a humongous sort of cage with a native bird called Kea in it. John words were “If you keep still and make no sudden noise then the Kea will come out from it’s hiding place”. Once we went in there they practically had everything that they would have out in the wild, they had a waterfall running down huge volcanic rocks, plants and bushes planted around their little pond and a lot of native unique trees. A Kea’s species is a Parrot it is greenish brownish and has a frightening beak. The Kea’s beak is like a curved long beak scary as a group of orangutans coming to destroy you.
After we explored around the Kea’s territory we were then with Lora learning about all the native birds that were in the zoo, that included Kea,Kaka, Fantails,Tui,Kakapo,Pukeko and many more that I don’t know the name of. This cage was improved a lot with trees like Nikau tree,Palm trees and many other trees. Kaka birds are actually nocturnal and when they poop a big seed intends to fall out and is poisonous to a human if they eat it. There were levels of stairs that had information about a bird or so and we sure did discuss about it, we even heard a Kaka bird talk or make noise.
After learning about Native birds in one huge net we were with Richard learning about Owls,Kiwi,eels and how a moth intends to live in an unnamed type of tree for 7 years. We first learnt about the owl an, interesting fact about it was that owls fly smoothly in the wind  and when it hunts it’s predator it doesn't even hear it coming and then, kills the moth in a quarter of a second. A moth can live in a tree for 7 years and they eat the tree to make a hole every time they are hungry, once the 7 years are up then they’ll come out and after 24 hours they will eventually die. Then we went into the Kiwi enclosure, it was very dark and had no light. Our lecturer then said,” Look closely to the background so that your eyes can adjust to the dark”
.Did you know that the Kiwi is close to being instinct? We spotted a kiwi at the corner of it’s territory eating something I couldn't see. After we explored the Kiwi enclosure it was time for morning tea.

The rest of our time at the zoo was exploring endangered animals Finally we first looked at the alligators and it was pretty boring because they just laid there doing nothing, just getting  burnt in the sun. Next we saw some giraffes,zebras,red panda,baboon,orangutan,rhino,cheetah and many more interesting animals.

I had a lot of fun. I hope to go there again and learn more remarkable information about the endangered animals caged in there.    

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