Hol­i­day fun

Kids get close to scaly crit­ters

Tablelands Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

MA­REEBA li­brary was brought to life this week with Aus­tralian an­i­mals mak­ing learn­ing even more fun for chil­dren.

More than 50 kids, in­clud­ing sis­ters Annabelle, Aaliyah and Amelia Payne (pic­tured), lined up for their chance to hold cen­tral bearded dragon Spike and salt­wa­ter croc­o­dile Chomp.

Kids learnt how to han­dle the an­i­mals and what to do if they ever come face to face with them out­side cap­tiv­ity.

Ma­reeba shire kids gath­ered at the lo­cal li­brary to hold na­tive an­i­mals from Far North Queens­land.

Zoo to You pre­sen­ter Rachel Zaicov said a num­ber of dif­fer­ent an­i­mals for the kids to see in­cluded a black-headed python named Betty, a gi­ant bur­row­ing cock­roach Sonic and a sugar glider named Chip.

Ms Zaicov said the morning was about ed­u­cat­ing the kids and get­ting them up close with the an­i­mals.

“Kids are learn­ing and get­ting fa­mil­iar with an­i­mals in a fun way,” she said.

“We teach them about croc­o­dile and snake safety and how to spot warn­ing signs for dif­fer­ent an­i­mals.”

Zoo to You was at Ma­reeba Li­brary last year and taught kids about dif­fer­ent sea crea­tures.

On Wed­nes­day stu­dents also en­joyed an Easter egg hunt.

Next Wed­nes­day April 11 kids will be have the chance to lis­ten to Easter sto­ries and make crafts.

Book­ings are es­sen­tial as each ses­sion fills up quickly.

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