Learning about Penguins at Drusillas

What a lovely day!

We arrived at Drusillas, warmly wrapped, in time to have a quick look at the animals on the way to the education centre. James at the education centre was fantastic and taught us all about the 18 kinds of penguins that live in the southern half of the world. It took some explaining that the smallest variety of penguin, the ‘Little Penguin’ was actually the name of the type of penguin and not just a little penguin. The children, already with some knowledge of penguins, eloquently asked very intelligent questions, keeping James on his toes! They were interested in everything and were very attentive during the presentation. We then learned more about how penguins are suited to their habitats and one of the children volunteered to be dressed up. Finally, with a little time left before we were due to watch the penguins being fed, James offered to teach us about a couple of other animals that originate from the same country as the penguins we were about to see: a snake and a chinchilla. Although a little nervous at first (some of the children had never touched a snake before), all of the children stroked both animals. Some were amazed that the snake was smooth, warm and dry. Everyone was surprised by how wonderfully soft the chinchilla was. Again, the children asked very interesting and pertinent questions, which even led James to show us x-rays of snakes, penguin eggshells and a penguin skull!

After our lesson in the education centre, we explored the rest of the park. On the way to watch the penguins feeding, there was just time for a quick question and answer session in the bat enclosure. Did you know that the fruit bats at Drusillas only eat vegetables? The children loved watching the Humboldt penguins diving and ‘flying’ in the water whilst being fed. After we had seen the otters being fed and we had seen the other animals, the children had some play time in the playground. Then, knowing that Thomas the Tank Engine is shortly retiring from Drusillas, we found time to take the children on the train. Finally, with 15 minutes still to spare before we had to meet our driver,  we explored Eden’s Eye Maze and found the treasure.

The children were a credit to our school today, as always.

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