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Each year, the Joburg Zoo will set aside a day for entertaining disadvantaged children. They will also learn about animals and the environment.
CHILDREN’s Day has been added to the Johannesburg Zoo’s annual calendar. On this day, disadvantaged children are treated to a day of fun at the zoo.


Children get to hold and touch live animalsChildren get to hold and touch live animalsThis year, two Children’s Days were held, on 26 March and 2 April. They marked the first of what will now be an annual event. On these days, more than a thousand children from Joburg orphanages spent an entertainment-filled day at the reserve.

“Joburg Zoo plans to host children’s day annually as an event targeted at giving an opportunity to 1 000 children from disadvantaged background to come and have fun at the zoo,” says Candice Segal, the zoo’s acting communication manager.

The day was packed with activities both exciting and educational. Children played games, had their faces painted and attended live animal demonstrations, where the educational team used animals, mostly reptiles, for children to touch and learn about.

Rand Water’s Waterwise team also held an educational show to teach children about the importance of saving water.

Several City officials attended the festivities, including the mayoral committee members for environment, Matshidiso Mfikoe; for infrastructure, Christine Walters; for transport, Rehana Moosajee; and for development and urban management, Roslynn Greeff.

Next up on the zoo’s calendar is Youth Day, on 16 June. On this day, a thousand disadvantaged teens, between the ages of 14 and 18, will be invited to celebrate their day at the reserve.

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