School children in the city will now have an opportunity to get up close and personal with crocodiles, pythons and turtles. In an effort to create awareness about wildlife, the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) is launching an outreach programme in the last week of August. MCBT director Colin James Stevenson, along with members of the education team, will take baby crocodiles, alligators, pythons, turtles, tortoises and lizards to schools to give children an opportunity to get to know the various species better.
“When people see these animals up close, they get a view that TV does not allow, and it is different from seeing them at the zoo,” says Stevenson. “The programme aims to educate people that these animals need our help as there are significant threats to wild populations. “