Live animal displays are a growing trend at the Australian Museum. A number of past and present exhibitons have seen live displays as an exciting addition tothe program offer. These exhibtions include Bats, Spiders!, Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibitions as well as Search & Discover and Surviving Australia.
Search & Discover
Search & Discover is the Australian Museum’s hands-on resource centre, located on Level 2. The live animals which call this space home include lizards from semi-arid Australia, crustaceans found in mangroves, spiders, stick insects and other invertebrates. Visit us and compare the many preserved specimens to the live animals and answer your science questions using the resources.
Highlights of Search & Discover include trying to find the well camouflaged stick and leaf insects (also known as phasmids) that are displayed near the enquiry desk. For those 'Arachno-philes' be sure to check out the Sydney Funnel-web Spider, Atrax robustus, in its underground burrow beneath a rock, as well as other species of spider.
Located on level 2, between Kidspace and Dinosaurs, Surviving Australia is all about the animals and the habitats of Australia. Focusing on the weird and wonderful, the familiar and strange, Surviving Australia uncovers the key to the survival of Australian animals - and perhaps even ourselves!
Amongst the taxidermy specimens, pinned insects and audio visual displays lurk several living Australians that swim, scurry, slither and jump.
The Blue Edge section features a large aquarium featuring a range of marine invertebrates from the coastal waters of Sydney, including Mourning Cuttlefish, Sepia plangon. More live animals can be discovered in the Our Backyard section, including a Diamond Python, Morelia spilota spilota, Eastern Blue-tongue Lizard, Tiliqua scincoides scincoides, Green Tree Frog, Litoria caerulea, Striped Marsh Frog, Limnodynastes peronii and Wolf Spider, Lycosa sp. A large freshwater display in Adapt or Die is home to Freshwater Crocodiles, Crocodylus johnstonii and Krefft’s River Turtle, Emydura Krefftii, named in honor of its discoverer and former museum curator; Gerard Krefft.
Special exhibitions such as Bats, Spiders!, Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibitions as well as the World of Spiders craft activity as part of the 2010 April School Holiday Program have used live animals in order to demonstrate biological concepts and inspire visitors to better understand nature.
Chris Hosking , Interpretive Officer