On August 8, Friday, we spent the night (7pm to 9am) at Memphis zoo and it was absolutely wonderful!!! It was the best field trip we ever had! We had a great group of 19 kids and 15 adults. Our program was “Nocturnal Animals”.
We saw Maggie, a really cute barn owl and dissected owl pellets (not me!). We petted (me too!) Val, a Mexican burrowing python and an opossum! The funniest part was when Val tried to get in the hair of the zoo keeper. She had to undo her bun and get Val out of her hair. I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes! There were few artifacts for kids to touch such as porcupine’s quills.
We had a guided night tour of the zoo and it was very different from the day visits. The most memorable moment was the iguana who was feeling threatened by our presence (my guess!) and he kept nodding at us and then he would jump and bump to the glass. Thank God, there was a glass between him and us! It was unique and extraordinary!
We visited the kitchen where all the animal feeds are prepared. I was impressed that the animals are fed produce straight from the local farm! Wish we could eat this healthy!!! We saw frozen mice that are thawed at room temperature to feed the reptiles in the zoo. We saw cow blood ($35 per gallon) that is used to feed vampire bats.
Then we settled down for the night in the same room inside our sleeping bags. We watched Turbo with popcorn and lemonade. It was a nice feeling. The only thing I wish I had taken with me was the eye mask because two lights in the room had to be left on because of federal regulation and those lights made it a little difficult to sleep.
Next morning, we were served healthy breakfast and I loved it that the zoo keeper asked everyone not to waste food!
Then we went for morning tour of the zoo. The best part of the morning tour was hearing the lion roaring for breakfast and the bears running to the food!
Near the exit of the zoo, Kabir was brave enough to let Tarantula crawl on his hand.
It started to rain at the end of zoo snooze and I didn’t mind it at all! These were the moments of our lives that were spent perfectly! For another perspective of this field trip, you can visit my friend, Paula’s blog. You can visit the Memphis zoo website to learn about zoo snooze program. If you can, you should definitely organize a group for zoo snooze. It’s worth it!
Here’s Kabir’s narrative about this event.