Li­ons’ an­i­mal nurs­ery still show stop­per

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - 2018 BRUNSWICK SHOW - Cal­lum Hunter

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Lau­rie Par­ravicini is a life-mem­ber of the Brunswick Junc­tion Li­ons Club and been in­volved with the pet­ting zoo since its in­cep­tion.

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