Preparing to Speak with the Animals.
The possibilities for zoo based interactive family experiences have increased annually so the opportunities to share learning-through-play experiences have never been better. Optimizing your mini zoo adventure
takes just a bit of planning.
Here is the scoop.
At one time the only physical encounters with animals were contained to the domesticated animal exhibit area often referred to as a petting zoo. Not so any longer. Now it is possible to camp amid a herd of caribou in Quebec,
ride a camel in Arizona, talk with a giraffe in Oklahoma, pet a rhino in Tampa, and meet a penguin Kansas, feed manta rays or lorikeets in Dallas. The options depend on the zoo and the age of your children but each of these experience offers exceptional opportunities for shared learning. Many zoo websites provide helpful information in advance and often suggest games and books to reinforce the unique interactive experiences.
In my discussions with zookeepers during the last year I have heard three common pieces of advice. If you have plans to make one of these interactive experiences part of your day at the zoo (or aquarium), keep these things in mind.