THE SNAKE PARK IN PORT ELIZABETH
The Snake Park was established in 1919 in Port Elizabeth and was the first in Africa. It was first opened in Bird Street with an open pit display and moved to the Humewood premises on the beachfront in 1959. The closing of the park in its 86th year of operation for the first phase development of the new facility at Bayworld paves the way for a 21st Century Snake Park to be incorporated within the future Bayworld.
The Snake Park houses a wide variety of exotic and snakes indigenous to South Africa from tiny adders to massive pythons, all housed securely behind glass in landscaped enclosures
In the first steps building up towards the redevelopment of the facility, Bayworld relocated the majority of its venomous snake collection to a new home on Tuesday, 17 May 2005.
The 19 snakes and one plated lizard were crated and moved to private keepers in Pietermaritzburg via a sponsored flight by South African Airways. The new home was chosen due to the keepers’ excellent husbandry reputation, as well as the animal resources available to them. A number of very rare snakes of irreplaceable value were however retained by Bayworld and will be cared for while the park is closed to the public.
Although the Snake Park will be closed to the public during the renovation time the Education Programme will continue and schools visiting the Museum School will still benefit from the animals that are kept behind in Port Elizabeth.
TEXT: Bayworld and R Hift
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3 October 2012 7:51