The zoo has always been a favorite tourist spot for children. By visiting the zoo, children can see firsthand a variety of animals that so far only exist in story books.
Parents also have the opportunity to increase their child’s knowledge about the life of various animals so that he loves all living things. To make a picnic to the zoo run smoothly, safely, and educationally, always apply the five tips below, OK!
1. Do not give animals food from outside
Visitors are sometimes given the opportunity to interact more closely with several types of animals by feeding them. Make sure parents only buy food provided by officers.
Forbid the child if he wants to try to give his snacks. Tell your child that animal food is different from human food. Giving them any kind of food can make them sick and maybe even die.
2. Keep a safe distance from animals
Even though the animals have been placed in cages, as in the illustration, visitors must still maintain a safe distance. Especially for children who have not been able to respond to danger quickly.
The bars of the cage as above still allow the animal to reach the visitor’s body or clothes if the distance is too close. Avoid the potential for injury to children by viewing animals from a sufficient distance.
3. Don’t bother the animals
Even though an animal has been in a zoo for a long time, it still has the instinct to live in the wild and defend itself from various disturbances. So, even if the animal looks quiet, the child should not idly disturb it.
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For example, by throwing something at him. Animals that are disturbed and feeling stressed can suddenly attack humans. Do not slack in supervising the behavior of children, yes!
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4. Tell them not to litter
Awareness of maintaining cleanliness, including being responsible for each other’s waste, must be consistently taught by parents to their children. No exception when taking children on a picnic to the zoo.
Bring a bag to store snack packs until you find a trash can to throw them away. Tell the child that littering in the zoo, let alone putting it in a cage, is very dangerous for the safety of its inhabitants.
If the garbage is eaten by animals, they will get sick and even die. Besides, of course the scattered garbage will spoil the view and give the impression of being slum.
5. Pay attention to the child’s strength in walking so as not to get tired
Zoos always occupy a very large area. Although usually there are vehicles that can transport visitors to get around, children still have to get off if they want to see the animals one by one.
If the child’s energy doesn’t seem to be enough to go around the entire zoo area, from the time you’re at home make a list of the animals your child would most like to see. So, parents do not need to invite children to see everything.
At the next picnic, then the children are invited to see other animals. In this way, the child becomes less tired or the parents have to carry him to and fro.
The relatively cheap ticket prices make the zoo always worthy of being a family tourism option. Don’t forget to explain the life of each animal such as food and how they reproduce so that the child’s knowledge increases. Happy picnic, huh!
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