Here at Global Geckos we are dedicated to education and changing misconceptions and erroneous information, both within the reptile keeping hobby and the wider community. Because of this we regularly give presentations and talks to share our knowledge with schools and institutions on a variety of topics. Talks are generally given by Global Geckos owner and manager Will Thomas (MRes, Bsc).
Reptile Husbandry: Virginia Water Veterinary Clinic
This talk was aimed at promoting responsible reptile keeping and banished many myths about housing, nutrition, the use of UVB lighting as well as many other healthcare topics. The talk was designed to stop potential health issues before they arise by changing reptile keeper’s husbandry methods. The feedback from this talk was immense with many seasoned keepers impressed at learning how to improve their husbandry methods. Not to mention the information that was passed onto the veterinary clinic to aid in their advice to reptile patients owners
Introduction to Reptiles and Amphibians: Charters School, Ascot, Berkshire
This introductory level talk was designed for a large group of the yrs 7-8 Science club (along with a number of teachers that decided to sit in). This was a PowerPoint presentation (with living examples). The topics covered examined form and function in the herpetological world along with highlighting important aspects of ecology and conservation. Again the talk was very well received with a number of the students previously afraid of reptiles (snakes in particular) deciding to touch/hold them during the highly involving and interactive presentation.
Environment and Conservation day: Bishopsgate School, Englefield Green, Surrey
For Eco day at Bishopsgate School a number of talks were given focussing on conservation issues using reptiles and amphibians as examples and models for conservation efforts. The talks centred around conservation in Madagascar highlighting important conservation issues such as deforestation, mining, illegal trade as well as cultural issues such as ‘Fady’ (Madagascan folklore). Once again this talk was exceptionally well received; talks from Global Geckos Owner/Manager have become an annual event at Bishopsgate School following the success of the first talk given here back in 2008.
Other Talks and Seminars:
Other talks and seminars have also been given to numerous scout groups, youth clubs, community projects and other schools including Sunningdale School, Cranbourne school, St Joseph’s Catholic school, St Marys School, Woodcote house school Bangor University (both within the herpetology society and for cross departmental research seminar series) and many more. In 2015 we also ran a hands on display at Hampshire Kids Festival.
We are also able to offer a ‘hands on’ creepy crawly party tailored to different age groups. The party displays generally consist of a 60-75minute hands on presentation where the party guests will be able to interact with a wide variety of different reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. We always bring a diverse range of at least 15 different species but the specific species involved varies dependent upon time of year and age group. We always aim to educate and provide fun facts about all the critters, our parties are so involved your children won’t even realise they are learning.
Booking a Talk:
As we also fulfil the talks and parties for our friends over at Chameleon Photography please now contact them to make any bookings so that our diary for available talks and parties is kept merged together. While you're there maybe check out some of their awesome photography or consider one of their macro photography masterclasses. Click on the link below to head over to their website.