On Saturday the 17th March, around 30 students and a handful of RA’s set off from outside the reception of Vine Court Halls of residence, headed for a day trip at Chester Zoo. The trip itself was funded by the Undergraduate Halls Student Committee at Vine, aimed at both undergraduate and postgraduate students living there. This trip was run after interest in a trip to the zoo was voiced by several students to members of the HSC.
Upon arrival at Chester Zoo, the students and RA’s split up and headed around the many enclosures of the zoo keen to make the most of the day despite the adverse weather conditions. With on and off almost horizontal snow in between bouts of cold sunshine, it was no surprise that indoor enclosures were favoured by many of the students as a way of avoiding the coldness outside. Of which the Tropical Realm and Butterfly Journey enclosures were firm favourites, due to the warm, humid temperatures needed to maintain over 30 species of tropical bird species and butterflies with wingspans reaching up to 30cm.
Other popular enclosures visited by the students included elephants, giraffes and the meerkats, where due to cold weather they were sharing an enclosure with some aardvarks. Even with the considerable size difference as well as the well-known image of a meerkat, several students from the trip confused the two species are were confused by the sheer size of the meerkats in front of them!
The day came to a close towards 4pm, with all of the students congregating at the entrance to the zoo to be able to get back on the coach to be driven back to Vine Court after a fun day filled with lots of walking and cute animals.
Vine Court Undergraduate HSC.