From dingo puppies to koalas, free-range kangaroos, cassowaries and wallabies, lizards, spiders and giant gigantic pythons, the NSW’s Central Coast hands-on zoo, Australian Reptile Park aspires young animal lovers to go wild these school holidays.
Complementing The Australian Reptile Park’s school holiday schedule of conservation shows, crocodile feeding and roving animals, a range of interactive workshops are now available, offering kids the chance to be a zookeeper for a day.
The fully escorted workshops include Kids to Keepers programs, meet the stars Animal Encounters and Conservation Workshops, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes access, allowing kids to explore the wonders of wildlife at The Australian Reptile Park. Set dates and age groups apply, with full details on-line at www.reptilepark.com.au.
“School Holidays are always about providing the most interaction possible for families at The Australian Reptile Park, says Tim Faulkner, General Manager.
“Aspiring young zoo keepers can meet reptiles and koalas up close, feed Australian native birds and kangaroos, watch how to handle snakes, lizards, frogs and birds and learn all about the importance of conservation amongst endangered species.
“The school holiday programs also allow children to present an animal at the Keeper Kids show in front of a crowd of park visitors – it’s an unforgettable experience.”
Kids To Keeper Program images of girls with kangaroo and dingo puppies Additional images available on request
Unique to Australian Reptile Park, its friendly Roving Keepers roam the park each day and interact with general admission guests. Throughout the school holidays, roving keepers take Hugo the giant 165kg Galapagos tortoise for a walk, allowing guests to pat his hard shell. Guests may also pat the adorable dingo puppies, as well as lizards, snakes, possums, baby turtles and a family favourite, the endangered Tasmanian Devil.
The Australian Reptile Park is open daily from 9am ‘til 5pm, located at Somersby on the Central Coast of New South Wales, approximately a 1 hour drive from Sydney and Newcastle with complimentary parking. School holiday programs and ticketing prices can be found on-line at www.reptilepark.com.au