Date: 
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:13

Deadly creatures, bows and arrows, blowpipes and a wide range of survival-themed activities can be hunted down by visitors to the Eden Project this February half-term (February 14-22).

Adventurous TV naturalist Crocodile Joe will be bringing a menacing menagerie including pythons, tarantulas, scorpions, skinks and more, giving three demonstrations a day including the chance for visitors to have encounters with the animals.

Crocodile Joe is dedicated to educating children and young adults about their actions and how it affects the environment. His engaging demonstrations allow children to learn about the different animals and to ask Joe any questions about them. Joe will be in the Mediterranean Biome at 1pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm every day.

Budding hunters can also get to grips with bows, spears and Apache throwing stars on the bluff near the Core building, and try their hands at firing blow darts in the Rainforest Biome. A series of demonstrations and exhibits around a water theme with also take place in the Rainforest Biome.

A colder form of survival will be on offer from polar explorer Dr Anthony Jinman, who was part of a team who skied, snow-shoed and swam to the North Pole in 2010 and who skied solo to the South Pole in 2014, becoming only the 12th British person to achieve this.

Anthony and his team from Plymouth University will be teaching survival skills including shelter building and demonstrating how animals keep warm in cold climates with their “blubber glove” activity.

These will take place in Eden’s dome tent in the centre of the pit for the duration of the season. Also in the dome tent will be fire making, camouflage design activities, knot tying, and a 25-person inflatable life raft.

For those under five, the Core building will offer a variety of survival-themed activities, including leaf printing and stories.

Kate Francis, Eden’s Programme Producer, said: “We’ve got some remarkable animals and all sorts of exciting activities that will entertain and educate. Survival at Eden is going to give children a chance to learn how to cope with some of the challenges nature throws at you.”

The Eden Locals’ Pass is available to people who live in Cornwall or Devon, but due to finish soon. The Locals’ Pass offers unlimited entry to Eden until October 31, 2015 for just £12 for adults, £9.50 for over-60s and students, £7 for children aged five to 16 and £35 for a family of two adults and two children for those who choose to pay by Direct Debit.

Passes can be bought online at www.edenproject.com/locals-pass or on arrival to Eden (proof of residence in Cornwall or Devon and photo ID required). Passes can be bought until March 8, 2015.