Monday, May 7, 2012

I LOVE the zoo!!!

One of my fondest memories is from my grade 3 trip to the Toronto Zoo. It was 1985 and the zoo had a pair of Giant Pandas visiting for 3 months. In those short 3 months those beautiful Pandas attracted 750,000 visitors. Our class made a huge project from that momentous event. Someone built a Panda frame using chicken wire and our class covered it in black and white paper mache. It was beautiful and sat atop of our reading tree-house in the library for as long as I can remember.

I think every class in the Toronto area visits the zoo on a class field trip at least once at some point. That's why I love, as a homeschooler, being able to give that experience to my girls. We've been twice in the last two weeks and plan to go again this weekend.

It's sad knowing that the last 3 Elephants that have called our zoo their home for so many years will be leaving us sometime soon. I hope that their journey to their new sanctuary finds them safe and healthy on the other end. They will be missed so much by our city.

But on the bright side we have many new friends. We were so excited by the addition of new penguins and most of all 3 beautiful, young, and playful White Lions. It's is such a rare opportunity to see these beautiful creatures that have not been seen in the wild for over 15 years! I hope the zoo is successful in breeding these amazing animals and help save them from extinction.

I look forward to many more trips to the zoo this year and next spring we get another visit by a new pair of Giant Pandas. I am crazy excited about that! I can't wait for my girls to see them in real life just like I did when I was their age. And who knows, maby we'll make our own paper mache Panda for our class project. Maybe just a little smaller this time:) 

I hope wherever you live that there is a zoo nearby.


  1. What a wonderful experience:) We have the Pittsburgh Zoo, yours looks wonderful as well

  2. I love going to the Zoo with my kids. Sadly the closes one to my house is 2 hours away, so we don't get to go as much as I wish we could.
    But my little guys love seeing all the different animals I think my oldest favorite is the Polar bears and my youngest loves the Giraffe!!
    I can't wait until the summer so I can take them again <3

  3. I love the photos! Seems you all had a wonderful time ;) We recently moved to Columbus and have not visited the Columbus Zoo yet, although I hear nothing but great reviews about it. I hear that the zoo has a water park for the kiddos and other nice activities - even for adults!

  4. I took my son to the Columbus Zoo 2 weeks ago. We had a great time and my son is still remembering the penguins.
    Thanks for sharing, I would love to see the Toronto Zoo!

  5. How fun!! The zoo we have here is pretty little but it's still fun to go to. I think it's great that you home school and get to do fun things like this with your kids!

  6. White Lions! Think I am in Love & a little jealous... lions are my favorite animal, and I have never seen a white lion in person. My kiddos love the zoo, and we usually visit a few times a year. Funny part is every time we go... we learn something new, and it's always a wonderful day. =)


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