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Celebrate International Museum Day with our newest exhibit–Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World. Learn more about the wildest members of the Gator Nation from Florida Museum Herpetology and Vertebrate Paleontology scientists through hands-on activities.

  • Take a selfie with the University of Florida’s mascot Alberta the alligator from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.!
  • Participate in a real-time #UnscienceAnAnimal activity on a life-size replica alligator.
  • Talk one-on-one with Florida Museum Herpetology and Vertebrate Paleontology scientists.
  • See crocodilian specimens like skulls, skins, bones, eggs and teeth from the Florida Museum’s collections.
  • Learn how crocodiles and alligators once lived together in North Central Florida millions of years ago with fossil specimens.
  • See LIVE alligators, caimans and crocodiles (with paid admission inside the exhibit).

While the opening activities are free, there is an admission charge for the Crocs and Butterfly Rainforest exhibits. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but the exhibit will be open until 4:30 p.m.

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Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World
May 18, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020

See the result of 200 million years of predatory evolution and learn about one of nature’s oldest and stealthiest hunters: crocodilians. This unique experience educates guests on the history and significance of these creatures using live reptiles and realistic models. Interactive elements allow visitors to test their strength against a crocodile’s bite and see how they use sound waves to make water dance. A life-size model tells the story of Gomek, the largest crocodile to be exhibited in North America, and how he became a symbol of crocodile conservation. A “digital curator” reveals the behavior and intricate social lives of these animals.

*Fan Video: A preview of the Crocs exhibit while on display at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. ©Mommy University NJ

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World was created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland.

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Name: Catherine Carey, Florida Museum

Phone: 352-273-2064

Email: ccarey@flmnh.ufl.edu


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