Reptile Centre Alice Springs - private ownership, which gathered the largest collection of reptiles in the state of Northern Territory. Here you can see a lizard perenti, plaschenosuyu lizard, Moloch, large and small pion and poisonous snakes, including the MS Taipan, false cobra Australian Agrionemys and very dangerous royal brown snake. The center is a popular tourist attraction, which also conducted environmental-education programs.
All of the "cold-blooded" center residents - indigenous Australians. Many were caught in the homes of local people, in the courts or brought from the territories as part of a special program set fire to prevent the devastating summer fires. Some reptiles, by the way, and then returned to the wild. The center's employees also go on call at home, who picked up poisonous snakes, and catch them.
Founded Neyndorfom Rex, a former trainer of reptiles, the center opened in January 2000. Today there are more than 100 reptiles representing 30 species, which often appear on television documentaries and in the pages of magazines such as cognitive «National Geographic».
In 2002, in the center of the exposition dedicated to saltwater crocodiles, and in 2006 - exhibition of fossils showing the development of reptiles over the past 200 million years. Interestingly, the sponsor of this exhibition was the Australian Association of Tourism Development.
Several times in its history, the inhabitants of the center have been attacked by people. So, in 2004, two 13-year old boys broke into the center and with batons attacked the crocodile, breaking his teeth and causing multiple injuries. In 2008, another 7-year-old boy entered the center after hours and made a real massacre, which resulted in killing 13 animals! Killed, including 20-year-old Spencer's goanna, turtle, lizard and a bearded lizard moloch. Some animals juvenile offender threw over the fence in the enclosure to the 200-pound saltwater crocodiles. After this incident, which was widely publicized throughout the world, in the state of Northern Territory has been seriously reconsidered punishment for offenders under 10 years of age.
Center for the Arts "Araluen" combines four galleries and a theater - is the main place in Alice Springs for exhibitions and performances. It was opened in 1984.
The principal focus of galleries - of Aboriginal artists in Central Australia as well as contemporary art. Here are collected the work, from the 1930s to the present day. An important part of the collection of the artist Albert Namatira who played an important role in the promotion of the local Aboriginal art, intricate works Papuna and contemporary artists living in remote communities. Among the interesting exposition center - collection "Desert Weavers Tyanpi", consisting of 81 item, woven by women from the region's central desert. Here you can see the basket, animal figurines and sculptures made of emu feathers, wool, grass, beads and other materials. Another collection includes 30 articles of clothing of indigenous Australians. Beginning in 1991, "Araluen" is an annual festival of arts «Desert Mob», which presents new works.
Theatre Center for up to 500 seats, provides a stage for drama, dance and music events. It is often held screenings of art-house cinema.
Of particular interest is the center of the building, "Araluen" - it is built next to the 300-year-old cork tree in the sculpture garden. This tree is located near the hill and Big Sisters are considered sacred in Aboriginal tribe "arrernte." In addition, the center "Araluen" is a cultural area of the town of Alice Springs - next to Museum of Central Australia, Research Centre «Strehlow», Aviation Museum of Central Australia, Central and handicraft shops sculpture "Yepereni."