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Wild Action - Out of School Hours Care Programs

Library Holiday Programs

Why not bring your next library topic to life with a Wild Action Wildlife encounter. Imagine a 'beach-theme' brought to life at your Library with a Rock-pool Discovery visit from one of our Team.

Your library programs will never quite be the same when you invite live sea-horse, sea-stars, octopus, crabs, sea cucumbers into your Children's Library area... now that's really bringing a book to life!

Kindergarten aged children right through to adolescent kids enjoy our shows. Our expert Team weave their knowledge and experience into captivating a 'mixed' Library crowd. Your School holiday activities will never be quite the same ever again!

Hey….was that an echidna walking through your Library?

We offer engaging programs to captivate your Library visitors.

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How do you book a Wild Action Incursion?

It's really easy! Once you have decided on your choice of Wild Action program, give the Wild Action Hotline a call on 0419 385 245 to discuss your requirements. If your life is as hectic as ours, then why not send us an email with your enquiry, session times, number of groups and a couple of preferred date options. We'll get back to you ASAP with availability.

What are our requirements?

All we need is a cleared area where we can set-up for our presentation, the Children's Library area is great! 
Please ensure that ALL children wash their hands with soap and water after the conclusion of our show. Hygiene is of utmost importance when you deal with children and wildlife.

What are our Terms and Conditions of booking?

Once a booking is made, we'll send out a confirmation of booking and invoice. 
Our Terms are payment on the day of presentation.
7 Days Cancellation prior to your booking requires full payment.

Legal requirements?

On request we will provide certificate of Currency (Public liability Insurance) and a risk assessment for our activities undertaken at your centre.

Australian Animals Wild Action

Did you know that barn owls are the most cosmopolitan owl species in the world, found throughout the globe, except Antarctica. Why not put a nest box up in your back yard or school grounds to encourage owls to breed? They’ll control rodent populations free of charge!

Did you know know that the first ever green tree frog discovered was blue in colour? Hence their name Litoria caerulea.

The rainbow lorikeet has a hairy tongue for licking up nectar and pollen. The colorful parrot has proliferated due to mankind planting fruit trees and flowering native plants in suburbs along the East coast of Australia.

Australia does not have any native tortoise, only aquatic freshwater and marine turtles.

The black headed python has a distinctive black head to help it thermoregulate. This beautiful animal is cannibalistic and is very fond of eating it’s own kind!

Frilled Lizards affectionately called ‘frillies’ use their amazing frill to ward off potential threats. These wonderful lizards are now threatened in parts of Queensland due to habitat loss.

Did you know that crocodiles have 66 sharp teeth and that they can continually grow them back again. That’s one busy tooth fairy!

The laughing kookaburra is the World’s largest kingfisher. When they laugh, they are not being funny, they are actually aggressively triangulating their territory.

Mega bats are considered a vital key-stone species for the environment. They play a crucial role in pollinating flowers and germinating seeds.

Kangaroos belong to the Macropod family meaning ‘big foot’. Kangaroos employ a very clever reproductive strategy called embryonic diapause. Why not find out more in a WIld Action Show?

Backyard Biodiversity Wild Action

Planting locally indigenous plants in your home garden and school provides habitat, and a food source for native wildlife. Not only will you be helping out animals, your environment will look beautiful too.

Why not create a ‘lizard lounge’ in your back yard or school yard. Blue-tongue lizards are perfect garden denizens, as help control snail populations in your garden. That’s fantastic news for your vegies!

Spare a thought for the poor grey-headed fox. Why not share some of your fruit in your garden with bats? After all they were here first. They are considered a ‘keystone’ species, and are important pollinators and seed germinators in Australia’s forests.

Encouraging insects in your garden like the praying mantis help control insect species. Wow, then there is no need to use harmful insecticides.

Annelid worms have segmented bodies. They help aerate soil and recycle nutrients back into your local environment. Did you know that earth worms are hermaphrodites (both sexes in one animal).

Tawny frogmouths are often confused with owls. They belong to the nightjar bird family, and unlike owls capture their food with their wide gaping mouths, rather than talons. Tawny frogmouths are one of the true ‘winners’ in suburbia. They have proliferated in suburbs attracted to the insects congregating around street lights at night.

Did you know that household pets are responsible for the mass killing of native animals each year. Be a responsible pet owner, never let your cat free to roam outdoors, and walk your dog on a leash.

Nesting boxes are an ideal way to created shelter and breeding sites for local wildlife. Suburban gardens often have very little native habitat, why not make a home for a possum, parrot or native owl species?

Echidnas, wallabies, possums and kangaroos often are casualties crossing busy roads and freeways. Always be on the lookout for wildlife, especially driving at dusk and dawn when aniamls are more active.

Learn what Species learn in your backyard or school environment. Learn how to help animals breed and proliferate. After all, every animal has a job to do. The crimson rosella is an important seed disperser for our forests. Healthy forests = healthy people.

Backyard Biodiversity Wild Action

Once common, the tree goanna is endangered in Victoria. This cousin to the Komodo dragon has dwindled in numbers due to land clearing, and habitat destruction.

Endangered in Victoria, the diamond python is the most Southernly found pythons in the World.

This beautiful desert dwelling woma python is endangered because of habitat degradation from livestock, and habitat clearing.

Introduced to Australia in 1935 to control the cane beetle in sugar cane plantations, this poisonous invasive pest is responsible for the catastrophic breakdown of Australian ecosystems.

Almost hunted to extinction in Australia in the 1950’s, the salt-water crocodile is a success story. Now a fully protected species, Salt water crocodiles are farmed in captivity for their meat and skin. However, sadly the ‘saltie’ is endangered throughout the rest of it’s range in Asian Countries.

Precariously ‘hanging-on’ in refuge camps across it’s range, the largest of all Australian bats is vulnerable to extinction.

The growling grass frog, was once abundant in the suburbs of Melbourne. Habitat loss, pollution, wetland draining and free ways have directly impacted on this amphibian.

"There are over 20 million feral cats in Australia, each one killing up to four native animals a night...that’s over 20 billion native animals per year". Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Introduced animals such as the European red fox have directly contributed to the extinction of many animals in Australia.

The koala needs our help! Habitat loss, disease, climate change,dog attacks and genetic bottle-necks are some of the causes behind this iconic species demise.

The Pink Cockatoo or Major Mitchell Cockatoo is listed as Vulnerable. Habitat Loss and illegal poaching has contributed to this beautiful parrots demise.

A cousin to the more common sugar glider, the larger squirrel glider is listed as Endangered in our State of Victoria. learn about the importance of this beautiful gliding possum. Existing only in remnant roadside vegetation, this gliding marsupial is an important pollinator for our forests.

Backyard Biodiversity Wild Action

Scorpions are members of the Class Arachnida, they have eight legs and two body parts and are closely related to spiders, mites and ticks. Scientists are sure why but scorpions are fluorescent under ultraviolet light.

Millipedes are invertebrates which belong to the class Diplopoda. Derived from Greek words diplous “double” and podos “foot”. Millipedes are herbivorous and eat plant matter.

Rhino beetles are frugivores which means that they survive as adults on pollen and soft fruits. Only the male has the impressive horn.

Australian tarantulas are myglomorph ‘primitive spiders. They characteristically have two pair sof book lungs and downward pointing chelicerae.

Mantis can turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings with two large compound eyes and three other simple eyes located between them.

Giant burrowing cockroaches are one of the World’s heaviest cockroaches. They can live up to twenty years and grow to the size of a human’s hand! These beautiful giants give birth to live babies and look after their babies in a cockroach creche.

Spiny leaf stick insects belong to the Insect family Phasmatodea. Phasma is Greek for apparition....or like a ghost. These incredible invertebrates mimic a dead leaf so predators can’t detect them.

Backyard Biodiversity Wild Action

Pythons are oviparous, which means that they reproduce by laying eggs. Some pythons actually coil around a clutch of eggs and ‘shiver’ to increase the temperature surrounding the eggs.

Some birds have amazing camouflage on their eggs, to avoid predation from other animals.

Did you know that sex determination in crocodiles in dependent on egg incubation temperature?

Giant burrowing cockroaches are sexually dimorphic, where males have a much more pronounced ‘scoop’ on their pronotum. It kind of looks like a skate board ramp!

The Carpet python is an oviparous snake, averaging 25 eggs in a clutch. The female will defend her eggs by coiling around them and shivering to regulate their temperature. She will not leave the eggs to eat during the incubation period, apart from briefly basking in the sun to raise her body temperature and then returning.

While in the amplexus position. the male fertilizers the eggs as they get laid. Frogs tend to lay eggs in single masses, whereas toads usually lay eggs in long chains.

The miraculous transformation from a tadpole to a frog is called metamorphosis.

Blue-tongued lizards are viviparous live bearing reptiles. Viviparous animals are often more common in cooler climates. Find out more in a Wild Action show!

Kookaburras employ a survival strategy known as siblicide. When food is scarce a young kookaburra chick may resort to pushing it’s siblings out of the nest to their doom! This tactic will free up more food for the hungry survivor.

Kangaroos have evolved using embryonic diapause as a reproductive adaptation for the harsh Australian environment. This allows the kangaroo mother to time the birth of her offspring in favorable environmental conditions.

Frog eggs are usually laid in an egg mass, whilst toad eggs are laid in a long string of 'pearls'.

Backyard Biodiversity Wild Action

Crabs belong to the Phylum Arthropoda, which means that they characteristically have an exo-skeleton and segmented legs and two body parts where the head and thorax are fused together (cephalothorax) and the abdomen.

Shark egg cases are an absolute marvel of Nature. They mimic the sea algae which they are laid amongst. This gives the growing shark pup perfect camouflage from predators until they are ready to hatch.

Did you know that sea stars live in an incredibly ‘topsy-turvy’ world. their bottoms (blastopore) are on their heads and their mouth is on their bottoms!

Hermit crabs don’t make their shells, they steal them from a mollusc (snail). No bills no rent ...they are always on holidays!

Who would have thought!? It’s the male seahorse that gives birth to the babies!

When threatened, globefish rapidly inflate themselves with water or air to become spherical in shape. This causes the spines to stand out from the body, making it very difficult for predators to attack.

Did you know that the little penguin is the smallest penguin species in the world, and the only blue penguin in colour! It's scientific name Eudyptula minor means 'great little diver!'.

With a ‘do’ like Tina Turner from the eighties, sea urchins have a protective covering of spines to protect themselves from predators,

Sea cucumbers are echinoderms are cousins to sea stars and sea urchins. They characteristically have tube feet. In many Asian countries sea cucumbers are regarded as a delicacy.

Octopuses are characterized by their eight arms,usually bearing suction cups. Octopuses are among the most intelligent and behaviorally flexible of all invertebrates. Nocturnal in nature, octopus are rarely seen.

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