Parasites and Poo – a look down the microscope

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A close up view of a tapeworm from a quenda

Have you ever wondered what parasites infect our native wildlife?

Join the Kanyana microscopy team to find out about the history of microscopes, view plant and animal tissue, and even make some slides of parasites for this National Science Week event.

Kanyana admits more than 2500 animal to its wildlife hospital every year. Many animals undergo faecal examination to test for parasites before they are able to join other animals. Kanyana’s volunteer microscopy team work under the direction of Scientific Research Coordinator, Lindy Brice, to identify parasites and make recommendations for treatment in the hospital.

Microscopy has had a long history. From the ancient Greek mikros, “small” and skopein, “to look” or “see”, scientists have been using microscopes to see objects too small for the naked eye since the 1590s. Most parasites we find in or on animals at Kanyana are microscopic, meaning they can only be seen with a microscope. Other parasites, like ticks or fleas, can be seen with the naked eye but are still too small to see in any great detail.

Join members of Kanyana’s Microscopy Team, Lindy, Gwyn and Merryn, to find out more about the history of microscopes, view plant and animal tissue and even make some slides of parasites yourself. You will be amazed with the detail you can see in ordinary, everyday items. This workshop does not give you any qualifications to operate a microscope, but you can learn about parasites you’ve probably never heard of. You do not need to have any prior experience with microscopes, just bring curiosity and a sense of humour.

You’ll be talking about plant anatomy, nematode words, coccidia and avian gastric yeast for weeks!

Sunday 16th August 2015

10am-12pm Microscopy session

12-1pm Optional hour-long tour of Kanyana’s facility (extra $15)

 

Book online or call Administration on 9291 3900