Fearless Irish schoolchildren had an unusual lunch date in Kilkenny yesterday in the form of The Reptile Conservation Zoo’s most terrifying snake Rascal the Burmese python.
The daring children spent the afternoon handling the gigantic yellow creature in the Reptile Conservation Zoo in Gowran as the zoo launched its new search for a Junior Conservation Hero.
The Burmese python is one of the largest species of snake in the world and can grow up to 5m long and weight up to 70kg. The python is only one of over 50 species of reptiles and amphibians which are housed within the Kilkenny based Reptile Zoo.
The scary encounter was to celebrate the launch of the zoo’s search for an Irish Junior Conservation Hero.
The new initiative is to help raise awareness about the rapid rate of extinction that is wiping out unique species across the planet.
As part of their Conservation through Education programme, the zoo is urging young people across Ireland to submit drawings and photographs of everyday animals and species they encounter for a chance to have an opportunity to have hands on experience with animals living in the zoo.
Entries for the ‘Junior Conservation Hero’ can be submitted to email@example.com or by post to ‘Junior Conservation Hero, Reptile Zoo Conservation, Demesne Road, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny.