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Wonder in the world of animals

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Squirrel monkeys take a closer look at the children.  Picture by Ellie Talebien

Squirrel monkeys take a closer look at the children.
Picture by Ellie Talebien

 

Animals are amazing. Anything out of the ordinary is even better for preschoolers.

Taking Officréche’s three to four-year-olds to Drusillas zoo park, was a great adventure.

From setting off on the bus to arriving, the little group were extremely excited.

As soon as they were through the doors they were thrilled to watch the mice in a house, the large iguana lounging on a log, and the tortoises trudging around their habitat.

The tiny Tamarins and Marmosets were a huge hit as the youngsters discovered where they were from and what they ate.

Drusillas markets itself towards preschool and primary aged children, with information boards and its zoo challenges.

Can you hang as long as a monkey or pull as hard as a donkey?

 

Learning about milking a cow in the farmyard area

Learning about milking a cow in the farmyard area

 

The children certainly had fun with these challenges.

There are lots of exhibits encouraging children to look, touch and learn, as well as get close to the animals without touching.

Crawling through the tunnels for a Meerkat’s eye-view was great fun and gave the little ones a close-up look at tiny baby Meerkats.

Walking through a fruit bat enclosure they saw the animals swinging their way along ropes and branches resulted in a great deal of excited chatter.

There was a magical moment when they fell silent.

Entering Lemurland at feeding time all the youngsters kept quiet so as not to disturb the Lemurs while they leapt around the enclosure, following the zookeeper with her bowl of food.

 

Watcing with excitment in Lemurland

Watcing with excitment in Lemurland

 

 

It was magical to watch their enraptured faces as they listened to her talk about each of the animals and the tiny baby clinging on to its mother.

After a few hours of animal education, it was time to let of steam in the Go Bananas play area of the under sixes.

Such fun was had climbing around the equipment and jumping on the trampoline.

This was when early years practitioner Jay Brandao came into his own, climbing around with the children and squeezing down the slide.

How they loved it.

A final circle of the park on the Thomas train signaled the end of the day.

Many of our little ones slept all the way back to Brighton, tired out after a wonderful day.

 

Jess shares her horse expertise while the children look at the Shetland Ponies

Jess shares her horse expertise while the children look at the Shetland Ponies


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