How Many Animals Live in the Zoo?

How Many Animals Live in the Zoo?  by Kate Whiteoak 2012


How many animals live in the zoo?
I’ve seen giraffes and a big cockatoo
A pig, and a bird and a kangaroo
How many animals live in the zoo?


How many animals live in the zoo?
I think there’s a wombat and walleroo
A jaguar, bear and a badger too
How many animals live in the zoo?


How many animals live in the zoo?
I asked my grandmother if she knew
She smiled, then she laughed and she said:”A few”
Oh, how many animals live in the zoo?!

 

English: Two young, Maasai Giraffes (Giraffa c...
 Two young, Maasai Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi), Serengeti National Parkm Tanzania. About 1 week old. One in background still has umbilical cord. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I wrote this poem  about a month ago and posted it on another blog.  It was a spur of the moment thing, and I thought I would include it here to see if I get any positive feedback.  It sounds like something from a child’s book, but I have always loved reading children’s literature, especially when it rhymes.  One of my favourite authors is Dr Seuss, and I still love reading his books to children and seeing how much they love them.    I am also in favour of zoos, not because I think they are better for wild animals than their native habitats, but because they are often the only place where many animals are now safe from poachers and encroaching civilisation.  Zoos also do a great job of animal conservation through their breeding programs as well as teaching others how important it is to cherish and preserve the world’s wild species.  All animals are part of the web of life, and each loss has repercussions, no matter how big or small the animal.

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