Sunday 21 January 2018

Fearless schoolchildren lunch with Ireland’s most terrifying snake

Irish schoolchildren had an unusual lunch date in Kilkenny yesterday in the form of Rascal the Burmese python.

Pictured are James Hennessy, Director and creator of the Reptile Village with nine year olds, Katelyn Hennessy (9) and Heather Dolan as well as Rascal the Burmese python.
Pictured are James Hennessy, Director and creator of the Reptile Village with nine year olds, Katelyn Hennessy (9) and Heather Dolan as well as Rascal the Burmese python.
Pictured are James Hennessy, Director and creator of the Reptile Village with nine year olds, Katelyn Hennessy (9) and Aisling Dwanas well as Rascal the Burmese python.
Pictured are James Hennessy, Director and creator of the Reptile Village with nine year olds, Katelyn Hennessy (9) and Heather Dolan as well as Rascal the Burmese python.
Pictured are James Hennessy, Director and creator of the Reptile Village with nine year olds, Katelyn Hennessy (9), Joy Lonergan, Katelyn Hennessy, Aisling Dwan, Heather Dolan and Rascal the Burmese python.
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

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.

Pictured are James Hennessy, Director and creator of the Reptile Village with nine year olds, Katelyn Hennessy (9) and Aisling Dwanas well as Rascal the Burmese python.
Pictured are James Hennessy, Director and creator of the Reptile Village with nine year olds, Katelyn Hennessy (9) and Aisling Dwanas well as Rascal the Burmese python.

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.

Pictured are James Hennessy, Director and creator of the Reptile Village with nine year olds, Katelyn Hennessy (9) and Heather Dolan as well as Rascal the Burmese python.
Pictured are James Hennessy, Director and creator of the Reptile Village with nine year olds, Katelyn Hennessy (9) and Heather Dolan as well as Rascal the Burmese python.
16/11/2014 NO REPRO FEE: The Reptile Conservation Zoo, Ireland’s only zoo that showcases over 50 unique species of reptiles and amphibians, has launched a nationwide search for a Junior Conservation Hero. Through education, the Reptile Conservation Zoo is hoping to draw attention to the rapid rate of extinction that is wiping out many unique species across the planet. At present, as many as 20% of the world’s 7-15 million species could be gone within 30 years. Young people across Ireland are being urged to submit pictures and drawings of the everyday animals and nature they encounter in Ireland.? As part of the Reptile Zoo’s ‘Conservation through Education’ Programme, they operate a unique mobile demonstration unit that offers children the opportunity to have a hands-on educational experience. ‘Zoo To You’ is an opportunity that benefits class rooms, lecture halls, scout halls, libraries, corporate days and private functions. Entries for the ‘Junior Conservation Hero’ can be submitted to info@reptilevillage.net or by post to ‘Junior Conservation Hero, Reptile Zoo Conservation, Demesne Road, Gowran, Co. Kikenny. Pictured are James Hennessy, Director and creator of the Reptile Village with nine year olds, Katelyn Hennessy (9) and Aisling Dwanas well as Rascal the Burmese python. Photo: Pat Moore IRELAND’S ONLY REPTILE ZOO LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR JUNIOR CONSERVATION HEROES The Reptile Conservation Zoo, Ireland’s only zoo that showcases over 50 unique species of reptiles and amphibians, has launched a nationwide search for a Junior Conservation Hero. The search aims to find young people from primary school upwards who are interested in all things animals and nature. Through education, the Reptile Conservation Zoo is hoping to draw attention to the rapid rate of extinction that is wiping out many unique species across the planet. At present, as many as 20% of the world’s 7-15 million species could be gone wit
Pictured are James Hennessy, Director and creator of the Reptile Village with nine year olds, Katelyn Hennessy (9) and Heather Dolan as well as Rascal the Burmese python.
Pictured are James Hennessy, Director and creator of the Reptile Village with nine year olds, Katelyn Hennessy (9), Joy Lonergan, Katelyn Hennessy, Aisling Dwan, Heather Dolan and Rascal the Burmese python.

Entries for the ‘Junior Conservation Hero’ can be submitted to info@reptilevillage.net or by post to ‘Junior Conservation Hero, Reptile Zoo Conservation, Demesne Road, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny.

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