Article #5 in the YCC Kids Club Ghana Student Life Stories Project
A Trip to Kumasi Zoo
By Dedi Elikem (aka: “Endless” Elikem), Age 12
I was scared when I saw the tiger opening its mouth. It looked like an old yelling monkey and it was one and a half meters long. All my friends were afraid.
Some people outside of Africa think that here in Ghana, we walk with wild animals every day. They think we play football with lions and ride to school on elephants. This is just not true! Our class trip to Kumasi Zoo was the first time most of us had seen these ferocious beasts.
It was on the twenty-fourth of July, 2007, when I visited the zoo at Kumasi. According to the Ghana Tourist Board, Kumasi Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in our entire country. I went there with my classmates on an educational excursion which was organized by our class teacher.
When we reached the entrance leading to the zoo, we alighted. Our class teacher, Jacob, was asked by the security man at the gate to pay some amount of money for the pupils before entering the zoo .
We were tired because the trip was about six hours from Sogakope to Kumasi. We were all wishing to see the tigers, lions, and leopards, because most of us had not seen such animals before.
About five different workers advised us: “Comport yourself well!” and we agreed. Inside the zoo, we were at last taken to where the animals are kept.
The first animal we saw was a snake. It was very long — about ten feet long — and it smelled like a fried monkey. It sounded like a cat hissing: “Ssssss!” My friend Caleb said, “I am afraid of that big snake!”
After that, we saw animals like tigers, lions and other beasts. Some of the animals looked wild and very fearful. The wicked animals such as tigers and lions are kept in strong cages because they are ferocious and can easily try and get out.
After we saw almost all the animals in the zoo, we went home, very happy about the visit.
So the next time that you hear someone talking about how we Africans dance with leopards or chat with zebras each day, remind them that the first time I ever saw a tiger was in a cage in a zoo, six hours from my home!
Lillie’s Note: Thanks for reading! Please do leave encouraging comments, reactions, constructive critiques, or questions for Elikem!
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