During the Easter break, the Disability team here at MYA put on a few events. One of these was a visit by Reef’s Reptiles. This proved to be our most popular event and a look at some of the photos will show you why! Here is a report from team member Sophie Dodd.
Our visit started with an introduction to who ‘Reef’s Reptiles’ are and the itinerary for the day from owners Reef and Liz.
Then came the animals!
First up was a Rat Snake called Red. Everyone in the group had a chance to touch him. We were then introduced to the rest of the reptiles. A large King Snake called Banoffee took four of our young people to hold! Other reptiles included a Bosc Monitor called George, Bearded Dragons, a Chameleon and a Leopard Tortoise.
After the reptiles we were introduced we had a short break and then moved on to meeting some ‘creepy crawlies’. Reef started this part of the session by getting Si, one of the disability and inclusion team’s Project officers, to be his volunteer. Simon got to “hold” three hissing cockroaches! Clearly the highlight of his day.
Highlight of everyone else’s day was Memphis the skunk. He charmed everyone and didn’t stink!
Reef finished off the session by talking through career opportunities in animal care, covering a variety of courses for young people and top tips on developing a career with animals.
All in all everyone had a great afternoon with the furry and not-so-furry friends! We would thoroughly
recommend you to engage with Reef’s Reptiles for sessions with young people.