Did you know that Avilon is derived from two words, avi which means birds and lon which means land? So we literally went to the Land of Birds. But more than an aviary, they have a wide array of exhibits. The big cats were a big hit among the children. Most of them couldn't believe there are tigers (including white tiger) and jaguars just a few feet from them. They also had a blast having their picture taken with Trixie the orangutan. The little ones even chased her around as she drove her twist car. Avilon also has bears, gibbons, meerkats, and several small mammals. We also visited the reptile house which is home to various snakes, tortoises, spiders and scorpions. The mommies were more creeped out than the children! hehe. The kids also experienced feeding guinea pigs, arapaimas (monster fish!) and even a pygmy hippo.
Of course the trip isn't complete without the children documenting their experience. It has always been our practice that there are activities, prepared by the teachers, so the kids will be able to process better what they have learned, making it a truly educational adventure!