Kids shed croc­o­dile fears

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By Bec Singh MAREEBA coun­try kids had the joy of be­ing up close with sea crea­tures from the bumpy salt­wa­ter croc­o­dile named Chomp to the hard eastern long necked tur­tle named Shel­don at the Zoo to You marine-un­der-the-sea crea­tures ex­hibit.

The sea crea­tures on display were Chomp, Shel­don, a epaulette shark, a spi­der shell sea snail, a burnt sausage sea cu­cum­ber and a sea star.

Kids were able to touch the an­i­mals and ask ques­tions while be­ing ed­u­cated about them by Zoo to You ed­u­ca­tor Rachel Zaicou.

Chris­tine Cham­bers, a Mareeba lo­cal whose two chil­dren had at­tended nu­mer­ous Zoo to You events, said it was an ed­u­ca­tional and fun ex­pe­ri­ence for her chil­dren.

“This was the first time they got to see th­ese crea­tures. They have been look­ing for­ward to this all week,” she said.

“I thought the whole day was re­ally friendly and en­gag­ing. It was hands on which is great for the kids and good for them to see sea crea­tures for a change.”

Mareeba Shire Coun­cil li­brary branch su­per­vi­sor Wendy Ruther­ford said it was a fan­tas­tic roll out.

“It was very hands on and kids got to learn by touch­ing and feel­ing the sea crea­tures,” she said.

“I hope Zoo to You can come back with their Aus­tralian An­i­mal’s Tour.”

Mareeba Shire Coun­cil Li­brary’s hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties will con­tinue with a puppet show and craft ac­tiv­ity on Wed­nes­day Septem­ber 27 from 10.30am to 11.30am.

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