The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust is the biggest sanctuary for crocodiles in India and has been involved in educating people about wildlife and environment. It is the centre for Herpetology (MCBT) is a reptile zoo and herpetology research station, located 40 kilometers south of the city of. It is a leading institution for herpeto faunal conservation, research and education. It was established with the aim of saving Indian endangered species of crocodile. One of the main attractions of the bank is the Crocodile Conservation Center.
On 23rd November 2013 Sri Arunodayam arranged a visit to this crocodile bank at ECR Road, Chennai. This was first of its kind to our kids. It was a rare experience. 40 children and 21 staffs went on this unique visit. The main purpose of the visit was to educate the kids on reptile life and remove fear of snakes and other reptiles.
The kids along with the staff left from our home at 10.00am and reached Crocodile Bank at 12.00noon. Though the kids were frightened at first at the sight of the snakes and crocodile, later got used to it and became eager to know more about them. It is a Very good place for kids to learn about Crocodiles & its nature.
There are more than 10 varieties of crocodiles that are in captivity from small to large. There are sign boards and placards, here and there to teach you about crocodiles & its habitat. Even croc bones & eggs are kept in display. Kids saw the feeding of the crocodile with rapt attention. There is a Irula snake association, The kids also witnessed the Irula's taking out the venom from snake. There is a research center behind this croc bank, where wild life enthusiasts from all over the world come and do researches. It was a very educative and unique trip.
The children went to Kovalam beach after the visit to the crocodile bank. They enjoyed at the beach and were over excited too. Then they were taken to Hot Breads a public restaurant to have their evening snacks and tea while returning home. This was the first ever visit to a restaurant, the children displayed best behavior. They were much disciplined and had the best table manners and obedience at a public place. Their behavior at this public place was appreciated by all around. The staff and management were filled with tear of joy to hear this. This behavior displayed by our kids was a joy to the teachers who worked hard to make them be included in the society as “normal kids”. We hope to have more such outings so that the kids have an opportunity to show the world their best.
They returned to Sri Arunodayam at 6.00PM, with the rarest of their expressions on their face and their hearts filled with joy.
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