Taking a walk on the wild side

Student Cherie Stringer-Hart gets up close and personal with a gecko
Student Cherie Stringer-Hart gets up close and personal with a gecko

SCIENCE students took a walk on the wild side as they got an insight into the world of working with animals.

The teenagers from Northallerton College handled creatures including snakes, a polecat and a gecko as they learned about career opportunities.

Sam Duke, of Sam’s Safaris, near York, brought a small sample of slithery and furry friends to the college and explained to Year 10 students about myriad jobs in the animal world.

Belinda Roy, head of the college’s applied learning faculty, said: “A number of students have expressed an interest in working with animals.

“We thought this would be an opportunity for an interactive session where they could not only learn about careers but also about particular animals too.”

Sam spoke about the diversity of careers from breeding to game keeping to veterinary science.”

Student Chris Holmes, 15, from Northallerton, said: “I’ve been interested in animals since I was little so it’s been really interesting learning about the different habitats these animals live in.

“I watch all the wildlife documentaries on TV and I would like to work with animals.”