THERE were shrieks of delight and a few whimpers of fear yesterday afternoon on Port Fairy’s Village Green as snakes slithered around necks and a goanna licked some youngsters’ noses during a wildlife exhibition.
Yarra Valley’s Black Snake Productions rolled into town with an array of animals including reptiles, insects, birds and marsupials.
Black Snake Productions’ Mike Alexander educated young and old alike on the native animals.
As a part of the Moyneyana Festival the show amazed a crowd of around 100 keen observers, who listened to Mr Alexander, a zoologist, speak about wildlife conservation.
Tyto the barn owl, Amber the woma python, Itchy the blotched blue-tongue lizard and Sammy the goanna had the audience enthralled as children eagerly gathered to get up close to the animals. Mr Alexander explained where the animals live, where they come from, how they survive and the issues they are facing.
He said he travels around Victoria holding talks and displays to stress the importance of caring for the vanishing wildlife.
“Everything we do comes back to conservation. The animals are a part of the eco-system that supports us and animals are disappearing on a daily basis. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever and can’t be replaced,” he said.
Mr Alexander enjoys coming down to Port Fairy and said he always had plenty of support at his shows.
“It’s great to come here and it’s always busy. Everyone is pretty relaxed and it’s a good environment to do a show in.”
Black Snake Productions will be back in Port Fairy on January 18 with shows on the Village Green at 10.30am, 1pm and 3pm.