Last night we slept in a swag at the Ooraminna bush camp which is outside of Alice springs. We slept under a shed a in our swags. A swag is a canvas covering that you put a sleeping bag and a foam mattress inside. Our swag was really warm and Mrs. Mcguire admitted that she would rather camp than stay in a hotel. We even have that on camera. To go to the bush camp and to come home we had to take a four wheel drive bus because all the roads were closed and very muddy. After a 6 hour bus ride to Uluru we got to see an Aboriginal man show us the tools he used to use to hunt. We got to try to throw a spear and dot paint. Then we checked in to our hotel and i was a little scared when i saw a can of bug spray on the counter.
Friday, May 29, 2009
At the Healsville Sanctuary today we saw several koalas. In the Healsville Sanctuary education center they showed us a Sugar Glider that was about ten years old and when it gives birth its baby is about half the size of a grain of rice. The baby Sugar Glider spends its first several months in its moms pouch. A kangaroo mother can have three babies at one time. The first baby is in the embrio stage. The second baby is in the mother's pouch. The third baby is walking on its own next to its mother. A kangaroo mom can decide to delay the baby when it is in the embrio stage for up to 18 months. Then we got to see a kangaroo autopsy. The kangaroo died of an eye injury and was brought to the Healsville Sanctuary to perform at autopsy. The sanctuary is releasing animals tomorrow that were burned in the bush fire in February of this year. This week at the Healsville Sanctuary they are celebrating their 75 anniversary.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Hello Everyone!Many of you might know that I am leaving on a Great Adventure to Australia. I fly from Los Angeles to Melbourne on the New Quantas Airbus A-380 on Monday the 25th of May. I am traveling with 3 teachers, 11 other students and a crew from the Discovery . I know this trip will be a lot of fun as well as a great learning experience for me. All of the teachers and students involved will be Blogging daily on this website.