Lower School pupils at Rydal Penrhos visited one of the region’s most prominent attractions to enhance their learning on a classroom topic.
The entire Year 7 and 8 contingent visited Chester Zoo on Friday, June 15, which was organised by Head of Geography Fleur Jones and Head of Lower School Gabriella Murphy.
The pupils were given time to explore the zoo throughout their visit, and this was broken up by two educational sessions with staff at the site, focussing on conservation, how numbers of animals are actually counted in the wild to help in conserving species, and illegal poaching and trafficking of animal products.
Activities and artefacts helped to bring the topics to life and encouraged engagement from each pupil in attendance.
Mrs Murphy, said: “It certainly helped in building an appreciation of the work Chester Zoo does around the world to help species avoid extinction and instead thrive.
“Highlights for pupils also included seeing the new baby animals; nothing quite like a baby elephant to pull at the heart strings.”
Chester Zoo has risen into one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions thanks to the Channel 4 documentary entitled ‘Secret Life of the Zoo’, with 224,000 people visiting last month.
This was the busiest May in its 87-year history, and they also recently reached the 100,000 milestone for annual membership.