Meet some of Queensland’s favourite feathered, furry and scaly friends this summer, through a number of holiday programs in south-east Queensland.

The “Connect with Nature” program operates in centres across Brisbane, with rangers giving shoppers the chance to meet some of Brisbane’s lizards, turtles and snakes.

National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said the program was all about encouraging people to get outside and enjoy Queensland’s national parks.

“Programs like this are just one way the Newman Government is opening up our national parks for all Queenslanders and visitors to enjoy,” Dickson says.

A range of activities continues through the summer holidays, including ranger-guided spotlight walks and hands-on activities for kids.

“The school holidays are a great time to get close to wildlife with ‘behind the scenes’ activities at David Fleay Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast and Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre at The Gap,” says Dickson. “Rangers will be running guided activities at Walkabout Creek, Mount Mee, Daisy Hill, David Fleay Wildlife Park, Springbrook and Cunningham’s Gap.

“There will also be reptile shows at a number of local shopping centres.”

With Westfield Northlakes holding a reptile display on 16 and 17 January, stage shows at the Queen Street Mall occurring on 22 and 23 January, and spotlight walks for campers happening at Springbrook and D’Aguilar National Parks on 24 January, the rest of the school holidays are set to be totally wild!

Most activities are free but bookings are essential, phone 13 74 68 or visit www.nprsr.qld.gov.au for more information.

Are you going wild these school holidays? Let us know your encounter with local wildlife!