Chance to get close to zoo animals

SOUND, touch, taste, smell and sound will all be enhanced at Colchester Zoo this weekend.The zoo is holding its fifth annual special senses day on Sunday, an event which welcomes visitors with a range of disabilities to experience the animals as never before.

SOUND, touch, taste, smell and sound will all be enhanced at Colchester Zoo this weekend.

The zoo is holding its fifth annual special senses day on Sunday, an event which welcomes visitors with a range of disabilities to experience the animals as never before.

During the day there will be a number of exclusive events and additional activities that will give them the opportunity to get closer to some of the animals than normal.

These include meet and greet session with elephants, giraffes, snakes and bugs, all designed for wheelchair users and the visually impaired to get as near as possible to the creatures.


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There will also be a touch-table full of tangible objects such as parrot feathers, snake skins and even a lion's skull, and an above ground pond to enable children to using wheelchairs to explore life beneath the surface of the water.

Many of the feed talks and displays will be British Sign Language-interpreted to assist the hearing impaired.

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And at 1pm there will be an animal senses show which will explain the importance of senses for animals and how they use them to survive in the wild, including a ring-tailed lemur, a python and a barn owl.

Are you holding an event for people with disabilities? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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