Learning about snakes

A unique event focused on snake conservation will take place in Osoyoos on the weekend.

A celebration of World Snake Day is happening Saturday (July 16) at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos.

“This facility itself is on a very fragile ecosystem that is part of the Osoyoos Indian Band reserve and we want to bring awareness of the significance of the land and the species at risk that inhabit the land,” said Barbara Sabyan, event coordinator for the cultural centre. “The event is geared toward awareness, education, conservation and preservation.”

The event starts at 10 a.m. with an outdoor guided interpretive snake presentation with snake biologist Jared Maida.

At 11 a.m., there will be a snake laboratory open house, where visitors can go behind the scenes and see the laboratory where research and preservation begin.

This is followed by a snake presentation.

There is an admission fee for the cultural centre, which is located at 1000 Rancher Creek Road in Osoyoos.

For more information, head to their website here.

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