The Academy of Natural Science‘s newest exhibit lets you get close and personal with a 200 million year old creature; crocodiles! (Crocodilians to be more specific. ) Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World opened on February 3, 2018. The new Crocs exhibit will allow visitors to understand these often feared creatures in different ways. While also demonstrating why we need to protect them and their habitats. This exhibit will run from February 3, 2018-May 6,2018. Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World, has activities for the entire family and can be seen Monday-Sunday during opening hours. You can purchase tickets for Crocs on the Academy’s website.
Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World is divided into three interactive sections: Prehistoric Crocodyliforms, the Biology & Behaviors of Living Spieces and The Conflicts & Compromises between Crocs and Human Culture. Each area will help guests understand crocodilians better and in some cases become them. “It’s important to understand these elegant predators and find ways to share the planet,” says the Academy’s President and CEO, Scott Cooper. “They may look scary to some people, but these wonderous animals have found away to survive and flourish for millions of years, since the days of dinosaurs,” Cooper adds.
Visitors can look forward to many fun activies; like creating a 3D animation of a long extinct crocs. Guests can work the “Social Gator” which is an interactive activity that allows you to explore how Crocs communicate with sight, sound, smell and touch. In addition to learning how to speak Croc. You can also use a virtual field notebook to assemble ancient cros and manipulate a modified force guage to test the strength of crocodilians.
The exhibit will have nearly a dozen live crocodiles, alligators and caimans as well. If your little ones are too frighten of the live animals; I suggest having them checkout the life size model of Gomek, an 18 foot long crocodile. Gomek is the largest crocodile ever exhibited in the U.S. Children will enjoy comparing themselves and other things to this giant beast. It also makes for a great photo-op! There are other crocodillian models in their habitats with information on how to help protect them.
Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World is a great blend of new technology and personal interaction that will delight the whole family. You’ll be able to get to know these ancient creatures better and remove some of the stigma attached to them.
Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World
The Academy of Natural Sciences- 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy 19103
Mon-Fri 10:00 AM-4:30PM