The Animals of Fernbank

July 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Last week I got to touch a legless lizard, a tenrec and a spiny-tailed lizard- all here in the Museum! I visited the animal care room here at Fernbank Museum (where all the education animals live) and wasn’t sure what I would see. I was definitely surprised by all the cool creatures we have here.  The lizard and tenrec, along with 23 other species are in the care of by Lynn Anders, the Animal Care Coordinator here at Fernbank Museum. Lynn and her team check the animals every day to clean their enclosures, handle the animals and make sure they are fed and healthy.

The animals are taken out of their enclosures for programming (such as live animal encounters) and for classes with field trips, school or camp groups.  The animals also make appearances at birthday parties hosted in the Museum.

“The animals are always a big hit with the kids.” Lynn said.

During my visit, I was a bit nervous about all the snakes and lizards, but the animals are actually quite used to being around people. And some are pretty cute. My favorite was Ricky the tenrec. Tenrecs are from Madagascar and look similar to hedgehogs.  Lynn also said that tenrecs are more closely related to elephants than to hedgehogs! Pretty interesting.

Ricky the tenrec

salamanders Rudy, Lefty and Tony

salamanders Rudy, Lefty and Tony

Spiny-tailed lizards have just what you would think- a tail with little spikes! She kind of looks like a dinosaur to me.

Legless lizards are just what they sound like- a lizard without legs!

Have you seen any of these animals at the Museum? Which animal is your favorite?

-Amanda Boddy, Marketing and Communications Intern


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