New additions to museum display centaurs and aftermath of wildfire
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Reporter: Rikki Mitchell
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A new year means new additions and events for the International Wildlife Museum.
Almost every animal in the world can be found at the museum, located at 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd. But if you haven't been here in awhile, or maybe never at all, the museum has two new exhibits, and some special events happening in the coming months.
One of the new exhibits, Burning for Wildlife, is meant to show what happens to an environment when a wildfire burns.
Deputy Museum Director Kristine Hall tells KGUN9 that the museum looks at wildfires all over the world, but focused on the Wallow Fire which burned here in Arizona.
"We're focusing on the positive role that wildfire plays in the environment," she says. "Because when the Wallow Fire came through last year, all we thought about was all the destruction that happened but it also opened up a lot of new habitat for wildlife."
Burning for Wildlife will be at the museum until May, 2013.
Also, the Mythological Wildlife exhibit shows visitors a centaur skeleton and a cyclops skull and lets them decide if they believe in the legends.
Coming up on January 5, the museum will hold a Winter Wonders event from 5 to 7 p.m.
"Were going to focus on animals that have cold weather adaptations, arctic fox, seals and different animals that manage to survive in really cold climates that we would not be very comfortable in," says Hall.
And last but not least, a very special occasion for the museum itself.
"On February 16, we're going to be celebrating our 25th anniversary with a big birthday party here at the museum," says Hall. "We'll have birthday cake and activities going on throughout the museum. And the best part is admission is going to be three dollars no matter what your age is."
The birthday party will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
For additional information, call the museum at 520-629-0100 or visit the website.