By Ciara Osei & Kobe Ofori –
[Editors note: KLTV recently had the pleasure of having secondary school students Ciara and Kobe join us on work experience over the summer. As part of their time with us, Ciara and Kobe wanted to produce a video about their love of animals, and thus, a visit to Ponderosa Zoo in Heckmondwike was in order. Below is a short article charting their adventure]
During our visit to Ponderosa Zoo, we thoroughly enjoyed our encounters with the animals and staff. We had the opportunity to film the animals up close and create our own project at KLTV using the footage.
We were delighted at the opportunity to have visited Ponderosa and interact with the staff and animals. Here at KLTV, we would like to thank the staff of the zoo for giving us the chance to visit your zoo and create this project.
It was a pleasure to interact with all these different animals throughout our trip to the zoo. We began with a visit to the reptile house, which consisted of snakes, many different types of lizards (such as the Moroccan Uromastyx), pancake tortoises and amphibians.
We then visited the nocturnal house where we saw the less active animals. Due to the lighting of the area, It’s a bit dark and spooky, but we enjoyed our visit to this house regardless.
After visiting these two houses, we went back and recorded some of the animals that were housed outside. This includes; Bennet’s Wallaby, the Cape Porcupine, a South-American Coati, Reindeer, Spider Monkeys and Asian Short-Clawed Otters. It was a treat to see these animals up close, and we would not hesitate to revisit the zoo.
The highlight of interaction within Ponderosa Zoo, for us, was the Lemur enclosure. Being able to walk through the enclosure and being up close allowed for some great footage and amusement. What we also saw during our visit, in the lake, there were some Koi Fish whom you could feed during your visit.
Overall, we had a great time among the animals and enjoyed the atmosphere surrounding the zoo. We would like to revisit sometime to see some of the animals we, unfortunately, missed out on viewing.
Check out our video from the day below!