Enjoy the FREE Reptile Discovery Program, sponsored by Five Star Credit Union! Bruce Shwedick will bring several of his reptile friends to PorktoberQue, and he will present a program on Friday evening (September 26th) at 7pm and three programs on Saturday September 27th (11:30, 1:30 and 3:30, tentatively). The programs will be on the stage in the air-conditioned Festhaus, located in the large metal building facing the Ross Clark Circle at the Farm Center. After each program, Bruce will offer the opportunity for spectators to get up close and personal with select reptiles and take photographs.
Here are a few photographs of the Reptile Discovery Program in action at schools and our festival last year. Bring your camera and enjoy this free activity at PorktoberQue, courtesy of Five Star Credit Union!
The Reptile Discovery program, presented by Bruce Shwedick and based in Plant City, Florida, has provided assembly programs to well over 1,000 schools in forty-five states across the US and in Washington, D.C. Each program features large, gentle, captive born reptiles from around the globe. Information on their natural history, geography and conservation is presented in a format suitable for audiences of all ages.
Bruce began raising reptiles at the age of ten with the help of his older brother Michael. Michael is also a reptile specialist and the founder of Reptile World, Inc. in Maryland, where they grew up. Please visit:www.reptileworld.org . Michael received his initial professional training at the Miami Serpentarium, under the direction of William E. Haast.
Bruce began assisting his brother with summer program in 1974, and has presented programs on his own since 1975. Bruce attended the first crocodile conservation workshop held in Africa in 1978. Since then Bruce has returned to Africa four times and has also traveled to South America and Asia to learn more about reptiles and their impact on the lives of people.
He is a steering committee member of the IUCN/SSC Crocodile Specialist Group, www.iucncsg.org in which he currently serves as chair of the Tomistoma Task Force www.tomistoma.org . In addition to providing education programs ands exhibits, Bruce also operates Crocodile Conservation Services, www.crocodileconservation.org and works closely with curators and keepers working in zoological parks and aquariums on projects related to the captive husbandry, reproduction and conservation of crocodilians.
His son Graham has begun assisting Bruce with his summer programs and his daughter Aubrey is developing her own program focusing on Tarantulas.