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Animal Ark Incursion

Posted by By Holly S, Matlida W and Matilda W | Found in: Secondary

Animal Ark is a place for kids and adults to learn about animals.

They specialise in snakes and reptiles, with how to treat snake bites in every scenario. Animal Ark provides education about reptiles and provides a chance for kids to hold and touch a snake with complete supervision. This a great opportunity for young people to learn and interact with wild and sometimes deadly animals (in captivity). These talented people help other people with learning thing about animals like what to do in a snake bit. As of last week, our bushranger students have had a great time learning about our native animals and what to do in an emergency with the help of these trusty friends at Animal Ark.

What it was like to attend the Animal ark incursion. 

At the start of the lesson we were all told to sit down and have an introduction to the topic. I feared the snakes thinking they would eat me (especially after the man told us that Olive the python could swallow a kangaroo whole). David gave us an introduction on the animals and what to do in case of an emergency. We learnt about safety with snakes and what to do with snake bites. After that it was pretty much free time to explore and interact with the animals. There were many animals from snakes to stick insects to frogs to lizards. I personally liked the frogs the most as they were gentle but cute (they were a little slimy though). The stick insects tickled your hand and just kept wanting to go up and up and up. The blue tongue was squirmish and I was super nervous to hold it but in the end it was alright. I never got a turn to hold a snake however the people that did said it was a fun experience. The snakes would hang around your neck like a scarf. Towards the end we walk around to the more venomous snakes that live in their cages and then had a little recap of the wildlife we had just met. Overall, I rated the experience a 10/10!

Safety around animals and what to do if you get bitten by a snake bite.

If you are in the wild you will 100% come across wildlife. It can be uncommon to come across a snake but when you do it is crucial that you know the right way to handle it.

To make sure you do not meet a snake make some noise while walking past an area were there may be snakes.

If you do come in contact do not try and scare it away. Just walk about 3 meters around it so if it were to attack you were far enough not to get bitten.

If you were to get bitten by a snake sit down and don’t move, you would think to elevate the area you got bitten but DON’T the venom will spread faster so keep you hole body still.

If you are with someone get them to take a photo of the snake after calling 000. If you are no were near anyone yell as loud as you can “SOMEONE HELP ME HELP” the paramedics will want to know what kind of snake it was which is where the photo comes in handy they will be able to recognize what kind of snake it was and give you the right anti-venom.

 

Who are they and what do they do?

Animal Ark is a place for kids and adults to learn about animals. They specialise in snakes and reptiles, with how to treat snake bites in every scenario. Animal Ark provides education about reptiles and provides a chance for kids to hold and touch a snake with complete supervision. This a great opportunity for young people to learn and interact with wild and sometimes deadly animals (in captivity). These talented people help other people with learning thing about animals like what to do in a snake bit. As of last week, our bushranger students have had a great time learning about our native animals and what to do in an emergency with the help of these trusty friends at Animal Ark.

 

What it was like to attend the Animal ark incursion.

At the start of the lesson we were all told to sit down and have an introduction to the topic. I feared the snakes thinking they would eat me (especially after the man told us that Olive the python could swallow a kangaroo whole). David gave us an introduction on the animals and what to do in case of an emergency. We learnt about safety with snakes and what to do with snake bites. After that it was pretty much free time to explore and interact with the animals. There were many animals from snakes to stick insects to frogs to lizards. I personally liked the frogs the most as they were gentle but cute (they were a little slimy though). The stick insects tickled your hand and just kept wanting to go up and up and up. The blue tongue was squirmish and I was super nervous to hold it but in the end it was alright. I never got a turn to hold a snake however the people that did said it was a fun experience. The snakes would hang around your neck like a scarf. Towards the end we walk around to the more venomous snakes that live in their cages and then had a little recap of the wildlife we had just met. Overall, I rated the experience a 10/10!

 

Safety around animals and what to do if you get bitten by a snake bite.

If you are in the wild you will 100% come across wildlife. It can be uncommon to come across a snake but when you do it is crucial that you know the right way to handle it.

·        To make sure you do not meet a snake make some noise while walking past an area were there may be snakes.

·        If you do come in contact do not try and scare it away. Just walk about 3 meters around it so if it were to attack you were far enough not to get bitten.

·        If you were to get bitten by a snake sit down and don’t move, you would think to elevate the area you got bitten but DON’T the venom will spread faster so keep you hole body still.

If you are with someone get them to take a photo of the snake after calling 000. If you are no were near anyone yell as loud as you can “SOMEONE HELP ME HELP” the paramedics will want to know what kind of snake it was which is where the photo comes in handy they will be able to recognize what kind of snake it was and give you the right anti-venom.