Visit a pet shop to see which pets are similar to ones found in the zoo and to decide which type your child wants to have as a pet.
Write a list of questions about the animal's care to ask a keeper at the zoo.
Activities during the trip to the zoo
Look at exhibits which display the type of animal most closely related to the type of pet your child wants. (For example, exhibits in the Bird House if your child wants a parakeet, exhibits in the Small Mammal House if your child wants a hamster, or exhibits in the reptile house if your child wants a turtle.)
Take photos of the exhibits.
Observe the keepers on their daily rounds.
Ask the keepers questions about the animal care.
Activities after the trip to the zoo
Use the photos you took at the zoo as a guide for creating a home for your child's new pet.
Visit the pet shop and have your child find the necessary pet supplies which will help to create the new pet's home.
Have your child select his new pet.
Make a list of pet-care activities and create a schedule for your child to follow.