Ithembelihle Lsen School to Lory Park Animal & Owl Sanctuary

MIDRAND – On Saturday, 22 March 2014, 35 children from Ithembelihle Lsen School were treated on a day-trip to Lory Park Animal & Owl Sanctuary, one of our prime locations for day-trips.

Lory Park Animal & Owl sanctuary is a little haven one would not expect to find in the hustle and bustle between Johannesburg and Pretoria. Situtated in Midrand, it is a what many people like to call a ‘boutique zoo’ – a place where animals can be appreciated up close, where human and animal interaction is welcomed, creating a personal and peaceful atmosphere.

In the past, we have enjoyed taking children from our various beneficiaries to this little haven. Lory Park has become one our favourite places for day-trips as there is no shortage of excellent service, and wonderful sights. Whilst small, the animals on display are a great sight for the children we take – and they learn so much about them too.

On the day, the children were treated to snacks and a full lunch, after a complete educational tour around the park, from big cat enrichment, bird watching, and feeding of the owls (quite a fantastic experience, I might add), to bird watching, the viewing of Roby, the read-tailed Boa, and an encounter with Litcie, the Bearded Dragon.

In a letter of thanks to us, Mrs L Ngozi, the principal at the school, said “There are many words that can adequately describe [our thanks to you] and sincere appreciation, but none can express our deepest feelings nor our admiration and appreciation for the excursion you [have taken] our learners on.”

“You are unselfish, and [your] most kind deeds have not gone unnoticed. What a difference you have made!”, she continued.

We’d like to extend this word of thanks to our special donors who made this event possible. Without them, we would not have been able to take these children on this great trip.

Below are some of the photographs that were taken on the day. Of course, for privacy reasons, the children’s faces have been masked to protect their identities.

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