|Pearl enjoyed feeding Casey, the Scarlet Macaw. Her wings are damaged so she will never return to the wild.|
Today we visited Jungla de Panama, a wildlife refuge near Boquete, Panama. They are a non-profit organization that exists to rescue and rehabilitate animals and educate people. They take in all kinds of animals, many of which are able to be released into the wild after some time. We spent a couple hours visiting with the animals and learning about how they came to be at Jungla de Panama. Jungla de Panama also works with local autistic children, who come spend time as part of a therapeutic approach to helping them. I love that they've integrated children into their program, and that these kids get a chance to help the animals as well. Our own kids had a wonderful time getting to see the animals up close!
|In the large bird enclosure, Raphael was trying to lure this parrot onto his arm. Instead, it landed on his head!|
|The kids got to dump some fruit and slop for the goats, and also enjoyed holding the babies and patting the tummies of two pregnant mama goats.|
|Peregrine got to be the first to hold the boa constrictor. He had such a great time with all the animals, but he especially seemed to enjoy feeding seeds to the birds.|
|I was amazed at how much the kids enjoyed holding the snake and wrapping it around their necks! They didn't seem to hesitate at all. I personally was happy just to stroke its skin and felt no need to hold it.|
|The younger three kids all loved Fluffy, the bunny. We've been reading a Panamanian folk tale about a rabbit named Conejito. It's a trickster tale, which the kids seem to love.|
|Poppy sat happily with Fluffy for a long time. If we were stationary, I think she's at an age where she'd be ready for a pet.|