Horses weren’t the only an­i­mal at­trac­tion at races

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By JEFF ZEUSCHNER

IN­TER­MIT­TENT rain and cool mid 20 de­gree tem­per­a­tures didn’t de­ter al­most 1000 peo­ple from en­joy­ing the races at the Wan­garatta Turf Club on Sat­ur­day.

The day’s con­di­tions - a com­plete con­trast to the scorch­ing heat - peak­ing at 42.8 de­grees - the day be­fore - made ac­tiv­i­ties on the track much more pleas­ant for horses and their rid­ers on track for the seven card race day.

But it’s fair to say the big­gest at­trac­tion of the day was the Wild Ac­tion Zoo.

The Mel­bourne-based op­er­a­tor en­thralled the hun­dreds of chil­dren with its very lively col­lec­tion of rep­tiles and na­tive fanua.

“They were cer­tainly very pop­u­lar,” said club chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Paul Hoysted.

“The kids loved be­ing able to get up close the an­i­mals... wom­bats, koalas, crocodiles, pythons and lizards.

“The zoo cer­tainly helped with our fam­ily day ap­peal.”

Kelly Sports, an art tent and huge wa­ter­slides were among the other kid-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties on the day.

“For us now the fo­cus turns to our two day car­ni­val on (Sat­ur­day/Sun­day) March 2/3,” said Mr Hoysted.

PHOTO: Mel Guy

SNAKES ALIVE: Horses weren’t the only an­i­mals in the spot­light at the Wan­garatta races on Sat­ur­day. Bella Costante got her hands on Capser, the friendly black headed python, un­der the watch­ful eye of Wild Ac­tion Zoo staff mem­ber Stu­art Mur­ray.

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