My daughters and I visited Melbourne Zoo today. What a beautiful warm autumn day we had. As we go to the zoo frequently I time our visits to see one or two of the zookeeper talks. Today was the Seal the Loop talk. We also spent a lot of time at the reptile house and getting up close and personal with the Lemurs.
In the Seal the Loop talk, we learnt that fishing line entanglements result in the death of an estimated 1,400 seals every year in Australia. That is just devastating to hear, they are such beautiful and majestic animals. The seal show is good as the kids can get a good look at them swimming underwater, then come up to the surface to see them close up. I have never liked animals performing tricks for peoples entertainment... but the proximity to the seals allows children to see the scars that plastic, netting etc. does to their fur and skin, and how lovely, shiny and smooth they look out of the water.
To find out more go to http://zoo.org.au/get-involved/act-for-wildlife/seal-the-loop and visit the zoo!