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Washington D.C., The Drive and Day 1
Rhode Island to New Jersey
In the first day, Mr. Chaffee and I drove 220 miles to my friend Valerie's house!
Miles in the Car
How Many Miles Total?
Day 1: Smithsonian National Zoo
This zoo was HUGE! Like a lot of the monuments, memorials and museums in Washington, we did not have to pay to get in to the zoo. You could make donations to the different animals and conservation programs instead! Conservation is a word used by scientists and researchers that means trying to save the animals and their habitats around the world!
We walked a few blocks from our hotel and found the zoo! We spent over four hours walking around and looking at all of the animals!
Some Animal Highlights
In science we have been talking about living or non-living things! The zoo had mostly living things, but some of these animals are endangered or extinct in the wild!
Endangered means that there are not many of these animals left in the world.
Extinct means that they are gone!! Scientists are working hard to help some of these species by keeping them alive in zoos and trying to make more of them so that they don't disappear! If an animal was listed as extinct in the wild, that means that you can only find them in zoos around the world... they don't live in the wild anymore!
Below are some of the animals that we saw in the zoo with some fun facts!
Asian Small-Clawed Otters
Some Thoughts About Pandas
We read about Pandas a few weeks ago. We know that they are endangered and that they come from a country called China. The National Zoo has three pandas, Mei Xiang (the Mom), Tian Tian (the Dad) and Bao Bao (the Baby). Mei Xiang and Tian Tian had another baby panda a few years before Bao Bao. He has been moved to another zoo so that he can one day have a family of his own!
These pandas all have names that mean different things in Chinese.
Mei Xiang means "Beautiful Fragrance" (that means a pretty smell).
Tian Tian means "More and More".
Bao Bao means "Precious Treasure".
You can view the live Panda Cam at this link!
Birds... Big and Small
Lots of Birds
While these are only pictures of a few of the birds at the zoo, they were very interesting! If you said that the blue peacock was the male or boy than you were correct! The female is the gray bird right beneath it! The males use their tail feathers to show off!
A lot of the signs in the Aviary and the different bird exhibits said that in these bird families, the Dad's are the ones who stay on the nest and take care of the eggs. What other bird that we studied does that sound like?
The Emu is native to Australia, and can grow to be almost six feet tall!
If you said that it was True that the flamingo's diet turns them pink, you were correct! If Flamingos don't have enough of the proper vitamins and nutrients in their meals, then they start to turn a gray color instead of that beautiful pink!
We Made a Few Big Circles on the Zoo Map...
Reptiles and Amphibians
It's a Bird, It's a Plane... No... It's an Orangutan!
Lions and Tigers and Bears.... Oh My!!
At the National Zoo, there is a pride of about eleven lionesses. We managed to get to their exhibit right at lunch time! The Zookeepers brought out food and hid it in places for the lions to find. All of a sudden, they all came running out and went searching for it! The zookeepers hide their food, so that they if ever go back into the wild, they will still know how to hunt!
We have some really cool videos of the Lion Lunchtime, and some pictures that won't post for some reason! We will share these when we get back!
Fish from the Amazon River
Types of Animals
In math, we have been learning a little bit about sorting things! Did you know that animals can be sorted too?
If an animal is a fish, it will live in water, have scales and be cold-blooded (it needs to use the sun to warm up).
If an animal is a mammal, it will have fur and breathe air. It will be warm-blooded (it's body does the heating, we are mammals and don't need the sun)!
If an animal is a reptile, it will have scales and will lay eggs. They are cold-blooded.
If an animal is a bird, it will have feathers, breathe air and will lay eggs. They are warm-blooded.
How many animals can you name and then sort into it's animal group or "kingdom"?
Tomorrow, Mr. Chaffee and I are going to visit many of the national monuments and memorials in Washington D.C.! We look forward to our video call, and we will post some pictures later on Monday night! If you have any questions, you can have Ms. Vito email us and we will see if we can find the answer! :)
Talk to you soon!