June 4, 2010
On Tuesday 1st June 3rd, 4th & 5th classes went on their school tour to Dublin Zoo.
We left on the 7am train. We had two carriages reserved just for us! The train journey took 3 hours. It was very noisey!
When we arrived in Dublin we got a double-decker bus to the zoo. Some people had to get taxis.
When we arrived at Dublin Zoo we got into our groups. Then we went to the City Farm. Some of us milked a fake cow. When we squeezed the udders water came out! There was a wishing chair. The lambs licked some people. We saw a pig that looked like Babe!! When we were leaving the City Farm we saw Squirrel Monkeys.
Next we went to the Reptile House. We saw a Chameleon, a tarantula, a python, turtles and crocodiles.
The Meerkat Restaurant was our next stop. We had a lovely hot lunch. We saw Meerksta outside the window. Meerkat means ‘lake cat’ as they often live near water.
We were lucky to be in time for the Sea Lion Feeding time. Danny was a big sea lion who was blind in one eye. There were 3 smaller sea lions as well. We saw them doing exercises. They were all able to close their doors themselves as well!
We also saw the penguins being fed. Penguins can swim at speeds of 40kmph. They shed their feathers every year.
We then went to visit the African Plains. We saw giraffes, ostriches, hippos, rhinos, zebras and oryx. Oryx can live without drinking water for months! We had great fun in the playground.
We went on the elephant trail then to see the asian elephants. The elephants we inside eating. There was a baby elephant putting his trunk into a hole in the wall.
When we went to the gorilla’s enclosure there was a baby gorilla and a big gorilla fighting. The big gorilla was banging on his chest. There was not a lot of glass to see in because gorillas like their privacy.
We saw Bornean orang-utans, Sumatran tigers, South American Rainbow Parakeets, an artic fox and a snowy owl from Greenland. There are only 300 Sumatran tigers left in the world.
Before we left the zoo we spent our money in the gift shop. We bought teddy-bears, slinkys, key chains, dream catchers, snow globes and lots more!
We saw the Spire on O’Connell Street from the bus.
We had great fun on the train on the way home. It was a great day!