I went to the Auckland Zoo to see a Kiwi after class last week. It took about 30 minutes to get there from town by bus. I looked for the Kiwi’s enclosure and ran there as soon as I arrived at the gate of the Zoo. Closing time was five thirty PM. That’s why I didn’t have enough time.
The Kiwi is a nocturnal bird. That’s why it’s very dark in the Kiwi House. At first I couldn’t find it in their house. I waited and peered into the dark. Then, at last, a Kiwi appeared in front of me. I pushed my camera’s shutter. The Kiwi was 30 cm long, brown and looked like a Kiwi fruit. They can’t fly and their eggs are big, 10 cm in diameter. They have long a bill, which they use to dig earthworms out of earth and eat them.
The Kiwi is a symbol of New Zealand, so New Zealand people call themselves Kiwis.
I payed 25 dollars admission. I don’t know whether 25 dollars is expensive. However, seeing a Kiwi was certainly a good experience.
Author: Katsuhiko Uchida
I’m from Japan and 60 years old.
You might wonder why I am learning English at my age.
I’ll answer, ” It’s my challenge”.
Photo credits: feature photo by Yodster, Kiwi by Smithsonian’s National Zoo
I went to Auckland zoo too and saw Kiwis on Sunday.They are cute,but I couldn’t see Kiwis very well,becouse the Kiwi house was so dark.
I saw a lot of animals in the zoo.Could you see other animals?There were many kinds of animals there.
I like your challenge!! I was happy to study with you.
Thanks for your comment. Yes, the Kiwi house was very dark. I had a hard time seeing them too.
I couldn’t see most of the other animals. I didn’t have enough time to see other animals because I went to there after our class.
Thank you so much for your agreement to my “Challenge” (^_^;) I can’t challenge the BIG ONE because I don’t have enough time in my life. However, you are different!! You have a lot of time and your dream. Perhaps you’ll look for your dream. I hope you follow your dream forever………go go go!
I’m always given an energy to talk to young people like you＼(^o^)／
I was glad to meeting you and all our classmates.
Have a nice trip
And I hope to meet you again
Thanks for your comment. I was surprised by how outgoing you are. I thought it was great. It might be a difference in our national characters. Almost all Japanese people are shy. I think, I want to follow your character (*^_^*)
it is a good trip ,would you like to go there next time with me ?
Thanks for your comment.
Of course I’d like to go to Auckland again if my situation permits.
I had a great time in Auckland with you and our classmates.
Thank you so much.