Meet Rescued Animals at Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The new Live Animal Encounters program introduces museum visitors to rescued wildlife.

photo courtesy Carnegie museum of natural history

Visitors to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History can meet rescued and rehabilitated animals at Live Animal Encounters, a daily program that features the mammals, birds and reptiles in the museum’s living collection.

More than 30 animals, which include baby skunks, an iguana, a python and a sun conure, are included in the collection. Many have been rescued from situations where they were being mistreated.

The sun conure was taken in when museum staff heard of an animal hoarding case and worked with multiple agencies to bring it into their collection. Humane Animal Rescue asked the museum to take in a Russian tortoise who was found on a city street in Lawrenceville.

“As a museum, we have proactively looked for opportunities to use our expertise and space to provide a home for local wildlife that cannot survive in the wild,” said Mallory Vopal, the gallery experience manager who oversees the Live Animal Encounters. “We hope that in addition to helping individual animals, we can also help educate our visitors about different local species or pets and how human behavior might impact them.”

At the daily event in the Earth Theater, visitors can learn about the animals’ habitats and behaviors. Each Live Animal Encounter features a different group of animals, so no experience is the same.

Live Animal Encounters take place at 1:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $2.

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