Fresh air, fun at zoo

North Taranaki Midweek - - BELL BLOCK FOCUS -

Take the kids to the zoo dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Out­door ad­ven­tures at Brook­lands Zoo has just got more re­ward­ing for kids.

Not only will they be able to en­joy all the an­i­mals, they can now earn a medal and a cer­tifi­cate.

The New Ply­mouth Dis­trict Coun­cil-owned zoo has joined the Toy­ota Kiwi Guardians pro­gramme, a part­ner­ship with the De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Toy­ota New Zealand that aims to get kids into na­ture with ac­tiv­i­ties to en­cour­age an in­ter­est in con­ser­va­tion.

Af­ter a great zoo out­ing, kids can find the unique code word on the zoo’s Kiwi Guardian post and en­ter it at­wi­ to claim their re­ward.

‘‘The kids will be out­side in the fresh air and learn­ing about con­ser­va­tion while hav­ing a fun ad­ven­ture at the zoo,’’ says NPDC Brook­lands Zoo co-or­di­na­tor Eve Cozzi.

Kids can print off a Brook­lands Zoo map from the Kiwi Guardians’ web­site, which will show them a route around the But­ter­fly Gar­den, In­sect Ho­tel, frog and bat dis­plays, the We¯ta¯ Ho­tel, the Na­tive Plant Gar­den, the Farmyard Barn, the cot­ton-top tamarins and the lit­tle blue pen­guin nest-box dis­play.

Taranaki has four other Toy­ota Kiwi Guardians sites: Daw­son Falls and North Egmont on Mt Taranaki, Rat­api­hip­ihi and Ro­tokare scenic re­serves.

Kids can also earn medals at home by do­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as mak­ing a we¯ta¯ mo­tel or a lizard lounge, or by go­ing camp­ing.

Toy­ota Kiwi Guardians en­cour­ages fam­i­lies to foster con­nec­tions to na­ture, which will help en­sure that our na­ture has guardians in ev­ery gen­er­a­tion.

There’s a list of Ac­tions to do and a map of Ad­ven­ture sites at­wi­

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