DARING CHILDREN COME TO GRIPS WITH THEIR FEARS
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.
Charlie, 5, and Amaani, 6, have a close encounter with an olive python called Tiny.