Snake selfies at Buggles Beckenham for Science Week

A child pets a koala at Buggles Beckenham

There were slithery snake selfies, koala cuddles and dingo pats when West Oz Wildlife and their native Aussie animals paid the children at Buggles Beckenham a visit this National Science Week.

The annual, national event encourages Australians to celebrate all things science and technology.

Centre Manager Merissa Phillips said science, in all its various forms, has such great benefits for children.

“Science helps children connect to the world around them by experimenting and observing through play-based learning experiences,” she said.

“The children are always really engaged with our science experiences in centre.”

For this year’s National Science Week celebrations, the team at Buggles Beckenham decided to step outside of the usual science experiments or space discussions, organising for children of all age groups to participate in an interactive presentation from West Oz Wildlife.

A child posing a photo with a snake

West Oz Wildlife is a Western Australian based family-owned business, passionate about wildlife education and conservation through interactive educational programs.

“We feel giving children at a young age the opportunity to see our amazing Australian wildlife up close, and learn about them in a fun and exciting way, will not only make them fall in love with them, but spark something inside encouraging them to want to learn more,” said Beth Mullany, Owner of West Oz Wildlife.

“Getting up close and personal with real animals was a great extension of the education program in our classrooms where children learn about local wildlife and ecosystems,” said Ms Phillips.

“Children are curious, so interactive opportunities such as West OZ Wildlife allows the children to really develop their inquiring minds, investigate and draw conclusions based on personal experience in a safe, controlled and supervised environment.”

If you’d like to learn more about the incredible opportunities your child could enjoy at Buggles Beckenham, visit the website, book a tour or call 1800 517 141.