DAR­ING CHIL­DREN COME TO GRIPS WITH THEIR FEARS

The Northern Star - - NATION -

CUD­DLING slip­pery, slith­ery crea­tures is not ev­ery­one’s cup of tea.

But some ea­ger Vic­to­rian school­child­ren are fac­ing up to their fears with the help of some fright­ful friends.

Char­lie, 5, and six-year-old Amaani got up close and per­sonal with Tiny the olive python, al­though In­die, 6, was a lit­tle wary of Neville the croc­o­dile. Di­rec­tor of Rep­tile En­coun­ters Josh Cox said his mo­bile rep­tile zoo was a great way for kids to learn about wildlife.

“With a lot of these an­i­mals, there’s a bit of fear at­tached,” he said.

“So they’re hav­ing an adren­a­line rush and get­ting re­ally ex­cited.”

Rep­tile En­coun­ters have been run­ning pro­grams for the past 10 years tak­ing their mo­bile rep­tile zoo and con­ser­va­tion mes­sage to schools and chil­dren’s par­ties, as well as cor­po­rate events.

Pic­ture: DAVID CAIRD

Char­lie, 5, and Amaani, 6, have a close en­counter with an olive python called Tiny.

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