Animal Antics: Reptile Haven hosts Dagenham fun day

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 May 2015

Chris Nicholson with a Burmese Python from the Reptile Haven

Chris Nicholson with a Burmese Python from the Reptile Haven


Scales were the order of the day at Leys Children’s Centre as Dagenham-based rescue centre Reptile Haven hosted a fun day.

Visitors were able to get up close to snakes, lizards and birds of prey, with the money raised going to help even more creatures in need.

“We’re trying to get a place in Barking and Dagenham where people can come to us rather than us go to them,” explained Brad Page, who runs Reptile Haven.

“At the minute, we’re on call 24/7.”

He explained that although organising Thursday’s half term event was hard work, it went “really, really well,” with about 1,200 people turning up.

“A lot of people were holding Nova, the python,” Brad said.

“We were lucky with the weather, and we’re still counting up how much money we raised.”

Visitors could also enjoy an ice cream, get their face painted and watch some dancing, but there’s little doubt that the real stars of the show were the reptiles Brad and his family look after.

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