Crocodile to snap CDU Open Day record

21-Aug-2015

There will be a range of interactive workshops, food stalls and entertainment at CDU Open Day on Sunday, 23 August. Pictured: Callumn Pitkin

There will be a range of interactive workshops, food stalls and entertainment at CDU Open Day on Sunday, 23 August. Pictured: Callumn Pitkin


A monster crocodile about four metres long will be dissected at Charles Darwin University’s Open Day at Casuarina campus on Sunday 23 August.

The dissection, a National Science Week NT event supported by the CDU Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) and the Commonwealth Inspiring Australia program, will see the biggest croc to go under the knife at a CDU Open Day.

Visitors can attend anytime during the two-hour dissection led by Cocodylus Park managing director Professor Grahame Webb, TEP theme leader George Lambrinidis and unit coordinator Dr James Valentine.

Dr Valentine said the event would appeal to visitors interested in finding out what lay beneath the skin of a crocodile.

“Crocodiles are part of life in the Top End and people are naturally curious about them,” he said.

“If you can understand about how crocodiles’ bodies work, you can develop a better appreciation for them.”

Open Day will be packed full of entertainment for all ages, with the stars of Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band to perform live on stage throughout the day.

Other performances will include the vibrant Kailani Dancers, who will perform hip-shaking traditional Pacific Island dances, the VoxCrox Choir and special dance performances by Darwin secondary schools.

Indigenous storytellers will read from Indigenous language children’s picture books from the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages as part of the Storytime activity at the CDU Library.

Visitors also will have the opportunity to win a high-tech study pack by playing web-based program, the CDU Open Day Explorer Game.

CDU Open Day will run on Casuarina campus on Sunday 23 August from 10am until 2pm. For the day’s program visit W: cdu.edu.au/openday/

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