HUNDREDS of visitors to an annual hands-on science extravaganza took a leap into the animal kingdom when they were greeted by skunks, snakes, spiders and a giant polar bear.

The animals were all on show at the 2009 Scientriffic event, held at Glyndr University’s Wrexham campus.

It marked the end of the 2009 Wrexham Science Festival, which began on March 26.

Visitors were treated to more than 50 exhibits showcasing all aspects of science, from technology to engineering and the human body.

Among this year’s highlights were the return of The Bubble Show, packed with bubble sculptures and tricks, and a visit from Bjorn the Polar Bear.

There was also a chance to handle a live skunk and chinchilla at Zoofari, and a giant snake taken to the event by Buckley-based Chrysalis Pets.

More than 1,500 people attended.

Scientriffic organiser Corrina Jeffreys said: “It was great day, packed with some terrific science entertainment.”

The Science Festival itself covered a range of topics during an eight day programme of more than 40 public lectures and presentations, including a series of astronomy-themed talks, tying in with the 2009 Year of Astronomy, and an opening talk from Philippa Forrester, once host of BBC’s Tomorrow’s World.

Corrina added: “The festival attracted people from all over the region – from Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire to Shropshire and Cheshire. It continues to be as popular as ever.”

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