As part of our Junior Certificate Science course in Ecology, all 3rd year students were lucky enough to visit Dublin Zoo. Our trip took place on Wednesday the 18th of September. Of course we couldn’t resist the temptation and visited the animals too!

It took 30 minutes to arrive at the zoo in the spectacular Phoenix Park. We were met by Geraldine, our friendly Ecology instructor and guide for the day. She was so knowledgeable about plants and wildlife in the park. We learned the correct way to survey an area of grassland. We learned how to catch, identify and re-release an array of insects like lady birds, beetles and green flies. In order to carry out our experiments, we used pooters, beating trays and pitfall traps. Geraldine taught us about interdependence. This is when animals and insects rely on each other and plants to survive.

After carrying out lots of fun experiments in the park, we got to see amazing animals in the zoo. Among these was a belligerent looking gorilla, a peaceful almost cat-like red panda, a slow moving sloth, the resistant peacock; which scared many of the students and the crowd favourite a head banging iguana!

We were sorry to say goodbye to all our new friends at the zoo. A great day was had by all and we would like to say a special thank you to all the Science teachers who accompanied us. Our trip to the zoo was fun, interesting and of course educational too.

Jessica 3rd Year student