One of the highlights of our excursion to Taronga Zoo was the Enclosure Workshop in the "Desert" habitat classroom.
Lauren, the education officer, introduced us to some of the birds and animals which live in this cleverly designed space.
We first noticed the budgies and finches flying right over our heads. A little later, two bilbies were coaxed out of their burrow by the sound of Lauren shaking a container with food. We learned that their long ears aren't just there to gather sound but are also involved in temperature control. The long snout and backwards facing pouch were other interesting adaptations. Go to the Australian Museum's page to read more about them.
During the workshop, Lauren allowed us to touch a shingle-back lizard and a diamond python called "Tiffany".
Many thanks to the parents who accompanied us on the trip.