Zoo Excursion

Review

Day 4 of the 4H challenge is to research your favorite wild animal then go check it out at the zoo. My oldest loves lions and cheetahs while my youngest loves giraffes.

We explored the facts about the giraffe online at Wikipedia.org. The zoo inspires us the be aware of the other animals around us especially the animals on the other side of the earth like giraffe and loins in Africa.

The Activity

We went to our local zoo, Woodland Park Zoo and our kids loved it and experience the giraffe close-encounter. It costs an additional $5 but totally worth being so close to a wild animal. We stood on a high edge so we were eye level with the giraffe.

This is Dave. He is a male giraffe about 5 years old. As the giraffe was reaching for the lettuce he licked my daughter hair with his long blue tongue. My husband tried to save her but did not quiet get to her in time.

Did you know? That an adult male giraffe is 16-20 feet tall making them the tallest land mammal on earth.

Giraffe are closely related to the okapis and vegetarians.

We fed Dave romaine lettuce. He tried to eat every leaf in his reach. The zoologist informed us that every plant in the zoo is edible for the animals especially the giraffes.

Giraffe are native to Africa and the area that the giraffe lives will determine the giraffe’s color pattern. Click here to look at the different patterns.

Butterfly Excursion

Our local zoo, Woodland Park Zoo, just opened a Butterfly garden for the summer. It is beautiful to see all the different types of butterflies. Their colors are so vibrant.

The butterflies are at all levels. Beware where you walk cause we will find some of them on the ground which is just the right height of a toddler.

The zoo offers a butterfly guide that my 5 year old daughter loved to match the card to the butterfly.

Did you know?

  • • Butterflies are insects.
  • • A butterfly’s lifecycle is made up of four parts, egg, larva (caterpillars), pupa (chrysalis) and adult.
  • We just observed the last stage of the butterfly’s life cycle, adult, at the zoo but check out when we raised caterpillars at home. Click here.

    For more info, check out the zoo website.

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