Having a blast with Barr

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: When not risking life and limb working with his favourite animals alligators and crocodiles National Geographic scientist Dr Brady Barr enjoys educating children about reptiles.

Dr Barr, a herpetologist (an expert on amphibians), said the schoolchildren he had met throughout his travels across the world showed one thing in common when introduced to wildlife they were always enthusiastic and compassionate.

“Children love animals. That's why it's always fun to go to schools and see children whether in Asia, Africa or South America. They always have passion, energy ... and they always cheer.

“That is what National Geographic is all about. It is epitomised in all these kids right here,” said Dr Barr after a show-and-tell session with over 800 Year 5 and Year 6 pupils of Sekolah Kebangsaan Bangsar.

The pupils watched in amazement as Dr Barr, who hosts the Dangerous Encounters television programme on Astro's National Geographic Channel, told them about his adventures seeking out some of the world's most dangerous reptiles.

Pictures and videos accompanied his animated story-telling, and elicited screams when he showed some scary moments when he was attacked by the animals he was filmed with.

The pupils' excitement grew when he brought out a fake baboon suit he used in one of his shows.

He also brought out a baby anaconda, an alligator snapping turtle and two king snakes much to the delight of the boys, and to the horror of the girls.

Dr Barr's visit coincides with the premiere of Season 7 of Dangerous Encounters. Most Dangerous Encounters and Dangerous Encounters will premiere on National Geographic Channel (Astro Ch 553) and Nat Geo Wild (Astro Ch 550) at 8pm on June 27.

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