Hall of Animals

Two exhibits, Animals in Art and Amazing Animals, highlight some of nature’s muses. Discover the amazing adaptations that animals use to attract mates, warn predators away, and survive in varied environments. Meet nocturnal critters whose extraordinary senses help them move around, find food, and avoid predators after dark. Observe animals closely and draw your own animal-inspired artwork.

What To See and Do

Color by the critters: Summer, Wild Art Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. & 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Make cat’s eyes, sheep hats, and other animal-inspired crafts at our Animals in Art station surrounded by turtles, frogs and meerkats.

Stop by our own “meerkat manor.”
See meerkats dig, play, and forage in the sand of the exhibit’s desert area.

Experience life on the dark side.
In our Amazing Nocturnal Animals exhibit, meet our kinkajou, prehensile-tailed porcupine, bettongs (the smallest kangaroo), a pair of pygmy slow loris, Madagascar jumping rats, and African brush tailed porcupines. 

Take a break by the fishtank.
Watch Lake Malawi’s colorful fish swim by, and learn how they use colors to keep track of their school.