On January 31, 2011, the freshman class of Walker High School was given a very special and unique opportunity. Mrs. Wiginton, one of the science teachers, invited “Wildlife Encounters” to visit our school. The animals that were brought were all from Australia and they were shown by Sara, one of the Wildlife Educators. Each animal was from a different region of Australia and most of them were just babies.
The first animal was an Eastern Snakeneck Turtle. They live in freshwater and have a snakelike neck. They release a stinky musk stinch when they feel threatened. The second animal was a baby sugarglider named Riley. Sugargliders are nocturnal and they will bite! They can also soar up to 200 feet in one bound. The next animals that Sara showed the students were Bearded Dragons. Their names were Spike and Simone. They are from the deserts of Australia and have tan colored skin which makes them able to blend in with their surroundings. She also brought another type of “lizard” with her. It was a Blue Tongue Skink named Blue. They live on the bottom of the Rainforest floor and eat fat juicy bugs. When they feel threatened, they open their mouth and spin their blue tongue around as fast as they can because this is not appealing to their predators.
The sixth animal she brought with her was a parrot named Sulley. He had bright green feathers with hints of turquoise, purple, and red. His beak was the color of candy corn but when he was born, it was black. The last animal she brought with her was by far the most favorite animal there… a seven month old Red Kangaroo by the name of Oakley. He was even wearing a diaper! When Oakley was born, he was just the size of a jelly bean, but now he’s at least two feet tall.
The students and faculty really enjoyed this wildlife animal show, even Mrs. Crump! She was front and center with the animals. This opportunity was a great learning experience for everyone included in the program. Sara was really fun, and knew all of her information. If you would like to visit the Wildlife Encounter’s website then visit http://www.wildlifeencounterszoo.com.
Katharine Clouse and Victoria Boyd