Published on: 8 March 2018

Boys from 4SO enjoyed an overnight experience at the Perth Zoo last week with an amazing night safari and a close encounter with a bearded lizard being labelled some of the key highlights.

The boys commenced their camp program by taking part in an adventure race around the Perth Zoo in small groups, searching for clues that would lead them onto their next zoo animal. A visit to the reptile sanctuary involved close interactions with the zoo’s pet kangaroo and an opportunity to learn about ‘enrichment’ for the animals, ways in which the zoo keepers get creative in keeping the animals happy and entertained.

“It was pleasing to see the boys fantastically engaged and pose great questions to our guides Holly and Noah,” says 4SO Teacher, Mr Stephen O’Driscoll.

“The zoo night safari was an amazing highlight where they saw up-close lions, giraffes, rhinos, and many elephants, before bunking down for the night in a big barn. Despite possums, lion roars and teacher’s snores, the boys slept well.”

The final morning of the camp finished with a breakfast, followed by a visit to the monkey enclosures and a tour of the zoo led by parent volunteers.

Our Preparatory School’s Zoo Camp is a popular annual event where Year 4 boys get to interact with Perth Zoo’s resident wildlife and deepen their knowledge in the area of biodiversity.