Sterrin Smalbrugge, whose snake talk last year brought her fame on campus, will be giving another talk on 17 February. This talk (in Dutch) by the student of Forest and Nature Management’s will be about the amazing ways in which reptiles adapt in order to survive.
Sterrin will present these reptilian ‘superheroes’ together with teacher Arie Terlouw. Just as she did last year, the third-year student will bring a few of her pets along: an alligator tortoise, a beaded lizard and a spitting cobra. ‘It’s going to be great,’ says Sterrin. ‘Where else can you see a spitting cobra in action, apart from on TV? I really hope we can change the prevalent attitude to these creatures by bringing people in contact with them. I have noticed that when you make it personal people suddenly do start to care. Look at Cecil the lion, for instance. Canned hunting had been going on for years but only when it got a face with Cecil did people start to protest.’
The talk on Reptile Superheroes: Innovations in an undervalued class of heroes, will take place on 17 February from 19.30 to 22.00 in the Waaierzaal in Orion. The talk will be in Dutch. Admission is free but you should reserve your place.