Incursions Melbourne.

School aged children need to be educated, but they don't always wanrt to be. In fact at their age, having fun is often of greater priority. However this need not always be a conflict. You see sometimes it pays to outsource some of the teaching or lessons to an outside expert. One such area is with wildllife education.
In years gone by, most school teachers would send a load of year seven kids off to the local Zoo in Melbourne for their classification unit of science. The kids would see lots of different animals in cages and then come back to class and attempt classify them.
The downside of all this is that most kids have been to the zoo before and seen the animals and so are relatively disinterested when taken to the zoo by their school. A second downside is that the students actually spend very little time actually looking at the animals. Most kids even if left alone to do what they want, spend little more than a few minutes looking at the animals in a given cage, before moving on to the next exhibit. This even includes the multi-million dollar exhibits and cages for animals such as bears and big cats.
But in the real worl of schools and lessons, by the time the kids get taken to the zoo from the school in a bus and then the same in terms of getting back to school, there is very little time left to actually look at the animals. This available time drops off sharply when you factor in such essentials as toilet breaks for the kids and lunch time where the kids can sit around and eat. Then of course you have to factor in more downtime when the kids are educated in some sort of way by a zoo staff member in the zoo education facility complex with akll the latest whiz-bang audigraphics or somewhere else in the grounds, such as in one of their many gardens. In all it is a lot of stuffing around for very little worthwhile gain. With government-run zoos now giving free admission on weekends and yet charging the kids for excursions on weekdays, it makes more sense for kids to go to the zoo in their own time and at little or no cost to anyone. By contrast school wildlife incursions remove all the logistical headaches of getting kids to the venue by bus or train and allow more time for face-to-face education with the animals and the wildlife teacher. In common with the zoo excursion most school wildlife shows are largely show and tell and any interaction tends to be between the handler and the kids, rather than the animal and the kids. You cannot for example let 20 kids each hold a parrot at the same time and expect them all to come back to the handler in one piece!
But you can do this with reptiles such as snakes, lizards and crocodiles. It is for this reason that the snake man Ray Hoser and his team of trained experts uses reptiles in his wildlife shows and reptile incursions as these animals alone are suited to hands-on wildlife and animal education. While there are several companies now marketing school reptile shows in Melbourne and other parts of Victoria, only the snake man and his staff do hands on reptile shows, where they let the kids handle the critters. It is for that reason they are consistently known as Australia's best reptiles.
In reality there is no better education about wildlife and endangered species and the like available to primary and secondary school students anywhere in Australia. Also of relevance is that the cost per kid is condierably less than what is seen in zoo excursions or any other kind of outward bound school excursion. The only thing to note is that because the snake manand his staff is so busy, demand for his shows is huge. Therefore bookings should be made well in advance of the planned show date. Because the snake man is a world recognized reptile expert and having authored numerous major books and hundreds of scientific papers, all of which are readily available, the wildlife incursion experience can be continued well after the reptile show has left the school.