GASTONIA — The Schiele Museum of Natural History invites visitors to take a safari through one of its largest exhibits it’s ever created exploring the world of mammals.
“Mammal Safari, a Journey of Discovery” opening today, May 18, with more than 18 live animals, including lemurs, capuchin monkeys, wallaby, hedgehogs and more – even a sloth bear, recognizable from “Jungle Book.” Mounted mammals include African Lions, rhinoceros, polar bear, gray wolf and more, all on loan through the Smithsonian Affiliates program.
“This is the largest exhibit we’ve had in years covering five rooms and spilling into the hallway,” said Tony Pasour, head of education. “It’s a journey of discovery through the world of mammals, of which we are a part.”
He explained that the exhibit about mammals, of which there are more than 4,500 species, begins with an introductory room showing the diversity of mammals to the rest of the exhibit showing how they’re connected. For example, unrelated species sometimes create “the same toolkit” of natural defenses for adaption to the environment.
The Schiele is planning events to coincide with the exhibit, which runs through the end of the year.
Special programs include Mammal Movie Mondays, safari camps, workshops and African Safari Day on June 29 with educational and activities.
Schiele Executive Director Dr. Ann Tippitt said, “This is one more example of great partnerships with the community.” The exhibit is sponsored by PNC Bank.
The Schiele Museum is located at 1500 E. Garrison Blvd. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information and admission fees, call 704-866-6908 or visit schielemuseum.org.