Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh

21 Feb 2017
Upper 4 Trip to Amazonia

Amazonia 2017 250wOn Wednesday 29 January, all of Upper 4 left school to go on a fantastic trip, which left us with lots of new and wonderful experiences, which will stay with us forever.

We boarded the bus at the start of the day and after a short journey to Glasgow we arrived at a Science Educational Centre, where we watched a documentary about orphaned Orangutans and Elephants. Before though, we had a drink from Starbucks! The documentary was in 3D on a giant screen! It was touching to see how these young, orphaned animals survived and are now growing up next to people, who are there to help release them back into the wild.

We then boarded the bus again. It was about half an hour before we reached our next stop, Amazonia. We were then separated into two large groups and only then did we venture into Amazonia.

Inside was boiling, 25°C. We all had a look around the gift shop before we finally entered, what I would call the reptile room. We were told to wash our hands, as we were to be handling three ‘lucky’ animals. The first animal we were to hold was called ‘Sid’ the bearded dragon. He was soft and sweet, and everything you don’t imagine a bearded dragon to be! We all stood around a counter with our hands laid flat and we were given a little hold. The next ‘lucky’ animal we were to hold was a giant snake. As before we laid our hands around the counter and those who wanted a hold, had one. He felt soft underneath and quite squidgy. Once he was home in his enclosure we held a tarantula. Lots of people were scared of her, probably because she was a spider, or maybe it was that we had to wear googles just in case she fired her hair and it went in our eyes. When holding her, you barely knew she was there. She was delicate and gentle.

We then moved on to an interactive room in which we learnt about what kind of animals live in each layer of the tropical rainforest. We also played a few silly games like ‘catch the butterflies’ which was a lot more fun than it sounds!

The last room we went to was, basically an indoor rainforest. It was amazing! Very hot, but amazing! Butterflies were flying everywhere; there were fish in a sort of mini river, and there were even terrapins swimming. There were parrots, bats, spiders, insects, and fish, everything you imagine a rainforest to be. I even managed to hold a butterfly. To put it mildly, it was brilliant, no words can describe it. What I liked best in here, though, were the cheeky monkeys that followed you across the glass. If you put your hand on the glass so would they. So cute!

What I liked best about this experience was the holding of the reptiles. It made you feel like a part of their life. This trip has taught me so much about the layers of the rainforest, the animals, the scenery, and a lot more.

By Amber, U4Y

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