A Zoo Day
Today I am an observer at the zoo. An observer is someone who
learns new things by watching what happens around them.
A zoo is a place where people can go to observe or watch
wild animals and their behaviors.
I am an observer today because many people work together
to make sure the animals are happy and healthy.
Biologists are
scientists that study
the animals behavior.
They know what
animals like and
Veterinarians are
animal doctors.
They help to keep
the animals at the
zoo healthy.
Zookeepers make
sure the animals
have a clean
place to live and
plenty of food.
Today I learned that I am an omnivore. Omnivores are animals
that eat both meat and plants. Fruits and vegetables are plants.
The zookeeper said that each animal has its own diet. A
diet is the food each animals eats. If an animal eats
food that is not in its diet the animal could get sick.
I saw two black bears at the zoo. Bears are omnivores just
like you and I. They like to eat cabbage and fish.
They also like to eat berries and honey.
These two zebras are eating grass. They also like to eat bark and
twigs. Zebras are herbivores because they only eat plants.
This is a black panther. Panthers hunt for their food.
Animals that hunt for their food are carnivores.
Carnivores are animals that eat only meat.
White tigers are also carnivores. This tigers name is Jill. Jill is sleeping
because she is nocturnal. Nocturnal means the animal sleeps during
the day and hunts for food at night.
Zookeeper John takes good care of the animals at the zoo. He
even showed Tasha the elephant how to do fun tricks.
Biologists are observers also. They know all about animal habitats.
Habitats are the natural environment animals lived in before the
moved to the zoo.
Biologist also know a lot about animals. This monkey is a mammal.
Mammals are warm blooded animals with hair.
A mammal
such as a
monkey has
a habitat
with a lot of
Monkeys like
to live and
play in trees.
Elephants are
also mammals.
They do not
have the same
habitat as a
Elephants need
open spaces so
they can walk
Not all animals are mammals. This is a bird. Birds have
feathers and lay eggs.
Birds have different habitats. This bird likes to live in trees.
He uses the bark of the tree to sharpen his beak.
This is a bald-eagle. The bald-eagle is an endangered bird. Endangered means
that there are very few of this animal left in the world. Mr. Joe shows many
people what a bald-eagle looks like and tells us that we should protect them.
Most birds are kept in cages so they do not fly away.
Cages are used to protect wild animals.
Wild animals are untamed. This means if they are not in a
cage they could hurt themselves or other animals at the zoo.
Reptiles like the alligator live in cages also.
This alligators habitat has water and land. Alligators are cold
blooded so they use the sun to warm their body.
A turtle is also a
reptile. Reptiles
have scales and
lay eggs.
A reptile also has dry and scaly skin.
I saw a couple of amphibians on my trip to the zoo.
Amphibians have smooth, moist, and sometimes sticky skin.
Frogs and newts are amphibians. They lives part of their life
in water and part on land.
I found out
that some
animals at
the zoo are
not harmful
to other the
animals get
to walk
around the
zoo freely.
animals are
placed in
cages so
that we can
pet them.
This is
called a
petting zoo.
I had so much fun being an observer today. Zookeeper John was very
nice. Maybe I can be a zookeeper when I grow up.

My Trip to the Zoo - Vermilion Parish Public Schools