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Survival of the Slowest

February 15 – September 20, 2020

sleeping sloth

Do animals always need to be the strongest, the biggest and the fastest to survive? Or can it sometimes be advantageous to be small or slow? Just ask a tortoise! In Survival of the Slowest, meet animals that have survived for millions of years despite being very slow, and learn about the puzzling sides of evolution and adaptation. Meet live animals, including a two-toed sloth, tarantula, chameleon and horned frog. Touch a tortoise, iguana, snake, hedgehog or gecko, catch live animal feedings and more!

Survival of the Slowest Tickets (prices in addition to general admission)

  • $5 – nonmembers
  • $3 – Individual and Family members
  • FREE – Family Plus members and above

Member? Click here to learn how to get discounted tickets.

Survival of the Slowest Opening Weekend
February 15–17, 2020

Auditorium Show: Meet the Animals
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Learn all about the creatures that call the Academy home and their similarities and differences in this live animal presentation.

Survival of the Slowest Education Station

What does it take to survive when you aren’t the biggest, the fastest or the strongest? What wacky adaptations do animals, plants and insects have to beat out the competition? Explore some of the weirder ways that nature takes its course, and study sloth science to find out what they have that gives them the edge.

Cool Camo Cart

Now you see it; now you don’t! Using a state-of-the-art tech cart, check out touchable specimens and live bugs to learn how cool camouflage, cryptid coloration and sneaky stripes are found across the animal kingdom. Challenge yourself to a scavenger hunt for the dioramas around you to find out how animals hide in plain sight!

Survival of the Slimiest

Snails, fish, snakes and even plants produce slime that keeps them moving, eating and protecting themselves from predators. Make and take your own portion of goo to explore the properties of slime and other substances that help living things stay alive.