G’ Day Mates!
Yesterday all 13 immersion participants along with the Davisons took a trip to the Steve Irwin Zoo. We met in the parking lot of our hotel, and then set off to endure a three hour drive to our destination. Upon arrival we grabbed our tickets, checked our itineraries and communicated a meeting time and place. Soon after, we separated into small groups and began our sight-seeing journey. The groups were as follows: Carl, Barend, Brother and Quinn; Cierra and Brittany; Joy, Ericka, myself and Kelsey and Caprice and Megan.
Our first stop was to see the Komodo dragon. I should mention that I am the epitome of a “girly girl” and most insects and reptiles scare me half to death. However, I was not as afraid of the reptiles as I thought I would be. There was something about the creatures that made me see them in a different light. I am not sure if it is because I am in Australia and am learning to step outside of my comfort zone or if it is because I have outgrown some of my childhood fears. I was not ready to pet them or anything close to that, but I left the reptile display with a new appreciation for their beauty.
As we walked and tried to use our handy dandy maps of the zoo Brittany, Cierra, Kelsey, Joy, Ericka and I were given the opportunity to pet a baby crocodile. I was not surprised that everyone was more than excited to do so and felt like a stick in the mud for not joining in the fun. Yes readers, I am a chicken. Cluck, Cluck. After about an hour, we finally got the hang of the zoo map as well as the layout of the zoo. We were able to get on a shuttle for a very short trip to feed the elephants. Have any of you ever fed an animal at the zoo? If so, what zoo did you go to and how was your experience?
My experience feeding the elephants was pretty memorable. I was so nervous that I clung to my camera—which was located in my left hand—very tightly. You are probably thinking: “Why would you be scared to feed an elephant?” To be honest, I am not sure why I fear animals and insects, but I do. As a result, I have no happy snap to show for that experience, but am very glad that I had the opportunity to do it. It was not that bad after all.
The best part of the zoo trip for me was the Wild Life Show. Somehow, all of the immersion participants, excluding Caprice and Megan, attended the show. The audience was welcomed by a swarm of beautiful and vibrant birds that flew from trainer to trainer. Then, we were introduced to Charlie, a very aggressive crocodile who made one of the trainers, Kelsey extremely nervous.
Charlie, like other crocodiles, is very territorial and threatening. Though I would not want to get in the water with him, he was full of entertainment and kept me wondering throughout the show. I was secretly praying that none of the trainers got hurt because Charlie did not seem to be enjoying the crowd. The show was my favorite part of the zoo because it involved a demonstration and was easy to follow, not to mention the animals were not close enough to touch.
Overall, I enjoyed my time with my peers at the zoo. I will never forget the day I pet a Koala and fed the elephants. I am confident that I will always remember Charlie and am fortunate to have had the opportunity to go to the Steve Irwin Zoo. I did not know much about him prior to the trip, so I am glad I was able to learn a few things and see his life through photographs and memorabilia.
Fun Fact- Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi, was three the first time she made her debut on The Crocodile Hunter Diaries.