Years 4 and 5 visit to the Drabo Restored Forest

Macey Collins, Year 5

On Tuesday 27th of February, the whole class went to Drabo Forest.  It was very noisy on the bus and took us one hour to get there. On the way I spotted animals like goats, chickens, pigs, cows and dogs.

When we arrived at the forest, we waited by the gate with our guide for the second guide to arrive.  Our class was split into two groups.  Our guide for Year Five was called Godonou Kandi.  He took us through the gate into the forest.  There were two forests.

The first forest was very large.  The guide said it occupied fourteen hectares.  It contained many different kinds of trees and there were boubou trees.  The guide explained that there are two different types: those with prickles and those without.

On our path through the forest there were a hundred and thirty-two millipedes.  After that, we all started trying to spot them.

After a while, we left the first forest and changed guides.  Our second guide was called Louis Houngue, who has been working in the forest for twenty-one years.

In the second forest we only spotted a few millipedes, about fifteen, but in the trees were zinkakas, which are monkeys with red bellies and white throats.  They were difficult to spot and blended in well with the trees.  With our guide we passed under a tree where there lay an empty seed capsule.  The guide told us that when these capsules dry on the tree they explode and send the seeds out in all directions.

The last animals we saw were fish in tanks with a water snake.  Before we left we gathered under a tree which was two hundred years old and about fifty meters tall.

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