Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh
At around 1.45pm on Sunday 4 June, six of us went to Edinburgh Zoo. The first animals we saw when we entered the zoo were the monkeys. There were big ones, small ones, fat ones, some that were napping and some that did not stop swinging in their cage. Then we wandered up to the panda enclosure. Sadly, we did not see either panda. At this time of the year the pandas have very sensitive hearing so we did not get into the inside viewing area in case we startled them. Afterwards, we were just in time for the penguin parade! Three male emperor penguins decided to take part. One was a very special penguin because a Norwegian family came to Edinburgh Zoo, fell in love with this penguin and made him their mascot. They called it Neil Olav and he even owns some uninhabited land. Once the penguin parade had finished, we made our way to the koala enclosures.
On on our way we passed the otters, which were very cute, the skunk which fortunately did not stink and the red river hogs at their feeding time. About half an hour later, we arrived at the koalas. They were very cute and they were not sleeping which was good, because we could watch them climb about the place. We started to make our way back, and went past the pandas again to try to get a glimpse of one. Luckily, the male panda was just in view inside the house, but it was not the best view. The zookeeper definitely knew about pandas because she told us lots of information about them, such as that they eat more than a third of their body weight and they need to sleep for sixteen hours a day because they need the energy to chew on the bamboo. The zookeeper's mum even got her a panda watch for Christmas. After the success of seeing a panda, we made a short trip to the gift shop before returning to Houldsworth.
By Catherine, L4