Local kids meet their bush buddies at Beaudesert Library

Local kids got up close and personal with some of Australia’s native wildlife at the Beaudesert Library from 10am today.

Australian Bush Buddies brought along a variety of native fauna for the children to observe, touch and even cuddle.

Among the animals on show were a squirrel glider, a Western Australian Goldfields Bobtail lizard, a tawny frogmouth and a black-headed python.

Wildlife demonstrator Louise McKay said Australian Bush Buddies aimed to educated the younger generation about wildlife conservation.

“We want the kids to try to keep these animals out there (existing in the wild) so their children will be able to have the same experience in the future,” she said.

Parent Kat Finlay said her daughter loved animals of all kinds and had thoroughly enjoyed the session.

“It’s so good for them to learn about native animals and the environment,” she said.

“We had encountered Louise before and she is so persuasive.

“The kids really love her energy, so when we heard this was on, we didn’t want to miss it.”

Ms Finlay praised Scenic Rim Regional Council for its organisation of an outstanding holiday program.

“Council’s what’s on Scenic Rim program is great,” she said.

“The number of activities has grown every year.

“It is so good to have activities being held locally rather than having to travel out of town.”

Ms McKay said events had already been held at Canungra and Tamborine Mountain yesterday and Australian Bush Buddies would complete its tour of local libraries tomorrow at Boonah from 10am.

It will be the last time Scenic Rim kids can see the animals in the local libraries this holidays and Ms McKay encouraged everyone to head along.

She also thanked council for its support.

“It is a fantastic initiative by council (hosting bush buddies events in all four libraries) because it is so important to instil into the younger generation values of wildlife conservation,” she said.

Australian Bush Buddies is available for private functions and special occasions, offering experiences in the comfort of your own home from $250 per family.

For more information, phone: 0415 597 842