Young­sters en­joy voy­age of dis­cov­ery

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY -

YOUNG wildlife en­thu­si­asts en­joyed a spe­cial voy­age to dis­cover the jour­ney made by Charles Dar­win for his the­ory of evo­lu­tion.

More than 40 chil­dren and their par­ents from Macclesfield RSPB Wild- life Ex­plor­ers vis­ited Ch­ester Zoo to take part in a Dar­win Dis­cov­ery Day.

The group fol­lowed a trail de­vised by vol­un­teer lead­ers to repli­cate the his­toric five-year voy­age Charles Dar­win made around the world on The Bea­gle to col­lect speci- mens and in­ves­ti­gate lo­cal ge­ol­ogy to de­velop his ground-break­ing the­o­ries on evo­lu­tion.

The young­sters’ voy­age in­cluded many dif­fer­ent coun­tries and a host of an­i­mals.

“Ex­plor­ers com­pleted quiz ques­tions and a bingo sheet and were chal­lenged to do im­pres­sions of flamin­gos and a dodo. A high­light was watch­ing the first feed­ing of the Ko­modo Dragon for a month.

Group leader Tina Hanak said: “They day was great fun and the group has learned so much about the in­cred­i­ble di­ver­sity of crea­tures that in­formed Dar­win’s the­o­ries.

“Thank you to all those who worked so hard pre­par­ing and run­ning our trail. The lead­ers were fan­tas­tic sports.”

●● Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Ex­plor­ers en­joyed their day of dis­cov­ery at Ch­ester Zoo and met lots of an­i­mals, in­clud­ing this lemur (above)

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