Year 13 Biology students travelled to Auckland to experience all that the Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarlton Aquarium and Tiritiri Matangi island have to offer.
A day at the zoo incorporated the vital role that zoos play in conservation efforts and in ensuring the genetic diversity of endangered species is maintained. We built on this theme through our visit to Kelly Tarlton’s where students fed the fish, toured the turtle quarantine facility, checked out the penguins and slept under the tunnels for the night.
Day two began with a ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf to Tiritiri Matangi Island where we were guided around the predator-free DOC sanctuary and saw endangered NZ species up close (including tuatara, wētāpunga and takahē!) We made links between the unique flora and fauna of our motu and the importance of us being kaitiaki of these endemic species. It was an incredible experience – once in a lifetime for many.
Our thanks to all of the educators at the venues we visited, to the students for being such fantastic ambassadors for our College, to Mr Ferris, Ms Burrell and Mrs McManaway for making this trip possible and to Bethlehem Coachlines (especially our driver Ross) for transporting us safely around Tāmaki Makaurau.