RHES take Advantage of Animal Management Trips Week

During Animal Management trips week some of Reaseheath Herpetological and Entomological Society (RHES) took advantage of their trip to Birmingham Nature Centre and went behind the scenes at the herpetology department.

Adam Radovanovic the Curator of Herpetology at Birmingham Nature Centre took RHES through the exhibits and then the two off show houses. Adam explained about the valuable conservation work they were doing at Birmingham for a number of reptile species including the venomous Mexican Beaded Lizards (Heloderma horridum) and Madagascan Tree Boas (Sanzinia madagascariensis.

Students from RHES had the opportunity to ask Adam about the plans for the future and for the animals that they have at the Zoo. RHES left Birmingham Nature Centre so impressed that some members even picked up work experience forms. A great experience for our students to make connections and to see the real work going on behind the scenes at our zoological collections in the UK.

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RHES talks a great success

Reaseheath Herpetological and Entomological Society (RHES) gave talks about reptiles and invertebrates when our zoo opened to the public last Sunday as part of Lambing Weekend.

Student members gave the talks, aided by some of our resident animals including tailless whip scorpions, giant Asian mantis, a bull snake, a ridge tail monitor, violin mantis and a Savu Island python.

The RHES talks were full to capacity and visitors got the chance to meet some of our animals up close and learn some interested facts about them. The members talked about lifespan, natural history and behaviour and discussed the animals’ suitability as pets.

The group also carried out fundraising for the North Wales Reptile and Raptor Sanctuary, which we hope to visit in the future. The fundraising action included ‘Ozzie the owl’ visiting and greeting the public, the sale of cakes and sweets, and a raffle.

RHES is a student run society which meets up once a week and undertakes a range of activities to support learning about reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Keep an eye out for their events while the zoo is open this summer.

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