As Year 7 have been learning about Living Things in Science lessons, what better place to go to experience a ridiculously large range of living things from the Animal Kingdom than Linton Zoo? Only 10 minutes’ drive from The Temple, and boasting Brazilian tapirs, kangaroos, lemurs, lions, tigers, wallabies and zebras, amongst a super selection of mammals. A wide variety of amphibians, birds and reptiles are also on show, as well as some very interesting and unusual invertebrates, such as the bird-eating spider (30 cm body length!) and the hissing cockroach (a defensive mechanism, to help it deter predators!)
The lions’ enclosure has a fence approximately 20 feet high, but the information board explained that some lions have been known to leap as far as 32 feet. Mr Bennett was, therefore, not too disappointed that the lions were asleep at the time of the visit.
Eric’s favourite animal was the bird-eating spider, because he has arachnophobia, and it has helped him to face his fear.
Boaz thought the cotton-top tamarin was really cute and he took a slow-motion video of it jumping.
Alice found the Eastern Quoll extra cute. It’s a medium-sized carnivorous marsupial, native to Australia, and has only been introduced to Linton Zoo very recently.
Brazilian-born Rodrigo felt at home, watching the Brazilian tapirs at feeding time and Alicia’s favourite animal was a reptile called a bearded dragon, whose name is Sid. Mr Bennett