Many people like going to the zoo to see the animals and enjoy being able to walk around. What you might not realize is the other numerous benefits of going to the zoo. I know that when I go to the zoo I enjoy being able to see all the animals that are not common in my area and learn about them. I know my kids enjoy being able to go to the zoo because it is very educational and enjoyable for them. When I go to the zoo with them I know that we have all discovered some educational benefits and thought I would share them here.
The first educational benefit that I found about being able to take my kids to the zoo is that they are able to see the animals that are from faraway lands that they might not be able to travel to and even if they do get a chance to travel to those lands it is not assured to see the animals that are in the zoo. I know that my kids love being able to watch the elephants, which is an animal that they might not get a chance to go see in the wild. So even though they haven’t been to Africa or Asia they are able to see these animals in person even if they are in the zoo. You might be asking how this is edcuational, but it is because then you will be able to compare the size of the animal in person to what you learn in books.
The second educational benefit of going to the zoo is that I am able to have my kids learn more about the animal’s behavior even though they are contained. You can learn some of the behavior facts in the books, but at the zoo you are able to see the behavior in person. I know that at our zoo if you run into one of the keepers they are more than happy to answer the questions that you have about the animals and how they behave. I mean yes the books can teach you quite a bit, but when you run into someone that handles the animals on a daily basis you will be able to learn more about the animals than you could if they did not get exposed to them at the zoo and be able to see them.
The third educational benefit of the zoo is that your kids will learn that exercise is important. They will learn that exercise is important because if your zoo is anything like the size of mine you have to walk a lot to see all the animals! I know that for my kids they always complain, but I teach them that it is great exercise that will keep them in shape so when they get old enough they will be able to play sports!
While many people will think that the zoo is meant for mainly going to look at the animals that are in the zoo I know that it has many educational benefits that my kids enjoy. I know that my kids love being able to see the animals for the size, be able to learn from the keepers about the animals behavior, and learn about the exercise that is available.