Exotic room opens up at Scarborough centre

A NEW “exotic room” is now up and running at Askham Bryan College’s Animal Management Centre in Scarborough.

Visitors are able to get first hand experience of everything from snakes to chameleons during the Centre’s first “Animal Encounter Day” which is free and will be be held on Saturday at the centre in Sandybed Road.

Manager Fiona Foster said: “We’re throwing open the doors to families and particularly young children, plus anyone interested in learning about the wide range of courses that are available in animal management.

“As well as being able to handle the animals, there will be fun activities such as face painting, a cake stall and making a bird feeder.

“In addition tutors will be on hand to chat about what the various courses entail, from the Level 1 course which is suitable for someone with no formal qualifications, through to the Level 3 Extended Diploma which is equivalent to three A levels. It’s a great opportunity to come along and see what it’s all about.”

The room is home to wide range of animals including a python, leopard gecko, bearded dragons and Moroccan Eyed lizards.

Visitors can also see sugar gliders, African pygmy hedgehogs, naked rats, chinchilla, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and small rodents. Doors open at 10am until 2pm.

For more information call Karen Ferguson, deputy section leader, on (01723) 380738.