THIS LETTER CAME FROM NIKITA, A YR12 STUDENT AT TAUMARANUI HIGH SCHOOL, AFTER THEIR VISIT:
On behalf of Taumarunui High School, I would like to say
It was real great opportunity to take part in and we all had a fantastic time. For me especially, I was so grateful to be chosen out of my class because I am studying geckos, skinks and frogs at the moment. I loved seeing the cute little Geckos crawling on the wall.
Thank you also for the zoo talk at the start, it was very informative and interesting. I was especially interested in the different feeding techniques for the animals.
Everything was super cool and I definitely learnt lots. Thank you again for giving our school this opportunity.
BRIAN BREWER SENT US THIS WONDERFUL STORY ABOUT TAUMARANUI SCHOOL'S VISIT:
Christel from Taumaranui sent me some pictures of the one of her students has been doing. Nikita and some of her friends (and their Science teacher) have been up to some interesting stuff in the area of conservation. Nikita had organised with DOC to have the use of some traps. This was actually before their visit to the zoo, but the zoo trip re-affirmed for her the importance of the conservation of native species.
Marie from DOC joined them to teach them how to set the traps.
She has since found a local small holding on which to set the traps. The owners of the holding have heard some interesting bird calls on the property. At present, they have six traps set and they go out once a week to check them - they have caught several large rats. She is trying to obtain permission to set the other four traps in a local reserve.