The Summer holidays are nearly over so I’m revisiting a trip we had to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Centre earlier this month.
The trip was kindly funded by SEND Socials Birmingham. We enjoyed two fantastic days with them this year. The other one was when we took part in an afternoon with the Exotic Zoo.
When I was young one of my favourite books was My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell. I also really enjoyed the series, The Durrells on TV and I’m sad that it’s finished now. (Although I did watch the Documentary on what happened to the Durrells after they left Corfu.)
One of my all time wishes has been to visit Corfu, or one of the other Greek Islands. It seems like a pipe dream now, I’m not sure the experience would be as I hoped now I’m in a wheelchair.
My kids are crazy about animals though. If there were not human then Star would most certainly be a zebra, just because of the medical implications. There is a saying amongst Drs “If you hear hoofs look for horses not zebras” which means look for obvious causes. Well, both myself and Star are both most certainly not obviously caused conditions, so we are considered medical zebras.
Boo, would be a cat. She’s loving and caring but also very independent and loves spending time alone doing her own thing.
The Little Man would be a Hyena, he’s always laughing. Hyenas are generally viewed as cruel killers, but in their herds they are loyal loving family members.
The Other Animals
Our day out at the Wildlife Conservation centre was so much fun. We had lovely weather and the kids ran around looking at all the animals. We’ve been there many times before (personally, I’ve been going more than 30 years, I’ve seen a lot of changes, but the kids not so much.) This time we noticed they’d changed the huge water tank into a sandy area for the meerkats.
Here are some photo’s of our Day. I could share a thousand photos of the wildlife we took, but for now we’ll focus mainly on my own little brood. I’m still working on a video of our day, I’ll include the link here later. (If I ever finish!)
Animal and Wildlife Awards
- The World’s Most Dangerous Animal
The kid’s have seen this many times so its not new to them, but it’s such a great way of getting the message accross. There is a door which says you have to open it to see The World’s Most Dangerous animal. If you dare to open the door you are left facing a mirror. Yes, humans are the most dangerous animals on this planet.
2. The Biggest Head Banger
This goat spent an age head butting this branch, he was most amusing. The kids had the opportunity to take goats for a walk on a leash last year and they seemed to head butt everything in sight.
3. The Biggest Show Off
To be fair their were a lot of Show offs at the centre, but the ostrichs loved all the attention they got.
4. The Wild One
The Little Man just couldn’t help rushing around everywhere. He talked to all the animals and had to investigate everything around him. He was certainly in his element in the wildlife, even though he spends a lot of his day on his computer.
5. The Oldest Swinger in Town
I feel sorry for Star, I know she wants to join in at the park, but being a teenager and being so tall, she does look out of place sometimes. However, she had loads of fun on this huge rope swing with her siblings.
Thanks for reading. I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting my animal family. I’m linking up with Louise for this weeks Country Kids.