Kids get close to scaly critters
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.