Kids get up close with native critters at Kempsey Library

Hands on: Students were able to learn about, and then pet, native creatures, including this non-venomous python. Photo: Supplied.

Hands on: Students were able to learn about, and then pet, native creatures, including this non-venomous python. Photo: Supplied.

Taronga Zoomobile’s Animals of the Dreaming tour visited Kempsey Shire Library on Wednesday, April 19.

The session was delivered by highly respected Aboriginal elder Col Hardy as well as Taronga Zoo’s education officer Ryan Dare.  Col is an award-winning country singer and the first Aboriginal person to win a Golden Guitar at the Australasian Country Music Awards in Tamworth. He has a passion for passing on Aboriginal knowledge and culture to children, encouraging them to care for their country and its creatures.

Holiday education: Kids who attended Kempsey Shire Library on Wednesday, April 19 were able to learn about native creatures and the stories surrounding them.

Holiday education: Kids who attended Kempsey Shire Library on Wednesday, April 19 were able to learn about native creatures and the stories surrounding them.

During the session, children were treated to stories and songs by Col. They also had the chance to meet, learn about and pat native animals, such as a frog, a possum, a skink and a snake.

Learning through song: Aboriginal elder Col Hardy sung and told stories for the attentive Kempsey kids. Photo: Supplied.

Learning through song: Aboriginal elder Col Hardy sung and told stories for the attentive Kempsey kids. Photo: Supplied.

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