Dads are goanna make kids smile

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The chil­dren at Eilleen Tay­lor Kinder­garten got more than they bar­gained for at their re­cent Fa­ther’s Day cel­e­bra­tions, meet­ing a se­lec­tion of some of Aus­tralia’s most iconic an­i­mals when Bran­don from Wildlife xPo­sure stopped by. Zak Houza­ife got up close and per­sonal with a goanna.

Eilleen Tay­lor Kinder­garten got cre­ative to cel­e­brate Fa­ther’s Day, bring­ing a range of fa­mous Aus­tralian an­i­mals into the class­room.

Two weeks ago, it held an an­i­mal and rep­tile ex­trav­a­ganza, which had the chil­dren and fa­thers on the edge of their seats, with some slightly pet­ri­fied.

‘‘The chil­dren all had a dad or spe­cial per­son come to share in a lovely lunch in the beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral sur­rounds of the kinder­garten and then ev­ery­one par­tic­i­pated in a wildlife show pre­sented by Bran­don from Wildlife xPo­sure,’’ teacher Leia McLeod said.

The chil­dren met and han­dled an­i­mals such as a par­rot, kook­aburra, python, croc­o­dile, lizard, goanna and a green tree frog.

‘‘This was a bril­liant learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for both the chil­dren and their loved ones. Be­ing able to ex­plore na­ture is a won­der­ful learn­ing op­por­tu­nity,’’ Ms McLeod said.

‘‘At Eilleen Tay­lor we value our beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments.’’

Sin­ga­long: Bran­don from Wildlife xPo­sure in­tro­duces the kids to a singing kook­aburra.

Safe dis­tance: These kids were thank­ful to be in the safe arms of their dad when meet­ing a goanna.

Try­ing some­thing new: Naomi Le­suma put on a brave face when meet­ing a lizard.

New friend: Mad­di­son Weiss formed a quick friend­ship with a colour­ful par­rot.

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