Children at Gosfield Primary School had a special encounter with the wild when they visited animals at Linton Zoo.
They were able to touch and learn about exotic creatures from around the world as well as learning about the fragility of some native species.
They saw tigers, lions, lemurs, giant tortoises, kangaroos and tapirs and enjoyed an animal ‘encounter’ when they were able to see and touch some of the creatures at the zoo.
These included Dusk, the barn owl Mr Dot, the blue tongued skink, a Royal Python, young giant tortoise and giant land snail and the more familiar Guinea pig.
Children also received a donation of two young maple saplings which they will plant in their school’s emerging woodland area along with further native species to be donated by the zoo.
Kim Simmons, zoo manager, said: “The children were excited to see many animals they had not had any exoerience of. They were very attentive and keen to hear about the animals.”
Dawny Greenwood explained the importance of preserving barn owl as an average of 35 die each month after being struck by motorists.