Lions’ animal nursery still show stopper
The Lions Club animal nursery has been a stalwart at the Brunswick Show year in, year out for more than three decades.
Not only does the exhibit have a vast array of animals both great and small to interact with, it is also the lowest cost for show-goers to enjoy.
“It’s mainly for little kids, but people come from the city and get the opportunity to touch animals such a lambs,” Brunswick Junction Lions Club life member Laurie Parravicini said.
Mr Parravicini said one of the star attractions and crowd favourites of the zoo are day-old chicks.
“We collect them on the Friday and they’re then saleable on the day of the show, but don’t make any money from them.
“We sell them for what we paid for them, and it’s great for little kids to take a couple of little chickens home with them.”
The exhibit boasts all kinds of animals from chicks and other small birds like cockatiels, through to geese, ferrets, pigs and piglets, ferrets and cows.
“It’s absolutely beaut to see the kids interact with the animals and the parents take their photos,” Mr Parravicini said.
“You also see a lot of grandparents and grandkids in there, even little kids in prams.”
Valuing experience and memories over profit, the Lions Club has not raised the entry fee into the zoo in more than five years, with the tariff currently sitting at $3.
Mr Parravicini said this was done to ensure that people of all ages were able to enjoy the exhibit and mix with the animals.
Laurie Parravicini is a life-member of the Brunswick Junction Lions Club and been involved with the petting zoo since its inception.