Manea and March Rainbows adopt giraffe and elephant during Colchester Zoo safari adventure

11:56 10 July 2014

The Rainbows and Colchester Zoo.

The Rainbows and Colchester Zoo.

Archant

A group of girl guides took a walk on the wild side during a day-long takeover of Colchester Zoo.

Girls holding bugs.Girls holding bugs.

The 1st Manea and 4th March Rainbows, all aged between five to seven, joined more than 2,000 other girl guides from across the region on the safari adventure.

The girls explored the zoo, spotted exotic animals, met mini beasts and adopted two animals – Lili the Giraffe and Opal the Elephant.

Lili is a female giraffe who arrived at Colchester Zoo in 2009 from Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic.

She is the same age as many of the Rainbows and will celebrate her sixth birthday on July 29.

Opal is a female elephant who was rescued from Chipperfield Circus and has been in Colchester Zoo since 1998.

1st Manea leader, Sophie McNamara, said: “It was a great opportunity for the girls to learn about endangered species.”

For more information about Girlguiding call 0800 1 69 59 01 or go to www.girlguiding.org.uk

More news stories

Yesterday, 17:37
A number of classic cars and a family home were completely destroyed by a fast spreading fire.

, 
Thorney, A47, 
09/02/2016
Picture by Terry Harris.

A house and vintage cars – themselves worth an estimated £500,000- were destroyed in last night’s blaze at Thorney.

Yesterday, 13:54
Air Cadets from were joined by other squadrons from the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Air Cadet Organisation.  An unprecedented number of 750 cadets and 75 uniformed staff paraded through the City of Ely.

Air cadets from across Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire got together in Ely to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the organisation.

Yesterday, 09:36
The Geoff Hobbs lorry that was recovered from a field on the A142, New Road junction, Chatteris

A driver had a lucky escape on Monday when his lorry careered across the carriageway, narrowly missed a lamp post, took down some road signs and ended up on its side.

Yesterday, 18:58
Cheque presentation to Magpas

Adam Brooker, 23, was involved in a serious road traffic collision near Peterborough in October 2014, when his car collided with a lorry, leaving him trapped inside the vehicle and suffering from serious life-threatening injuries.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wisbech Standard e-edition E-edition