Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wildlife Rescue: Stories of Survival - Ontario Science Centre #WildLifeRescueTO


Wildlife Rescue: Stories of Survival is a new temporary exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre, which opened May 18 and runs right through the summer, closing September 4. It explores conservation and rehabilitation efforts, covering a variety of species both locally and around the globe. Visit and you will discover amazing stories of animal rescue from around the world, including how seabirds are saved from environmental disasters and how orphaned baby elephants are raised by human surrogate caregivers before being returned to the wild. The exhibit is highly interactive, with many hands-on activities and games.
“Human activity is a leading cause of stress and extinction of wildlife populations. We urgently need to learn how to share our environment with other animal species,” said Dr. Maurice Bitran, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. “Wildlife rescue presents compelling stories about animal rescue and wildlife restoration and the dedicated people behind them.”
I had the chance to attend a media preview event before the exhibit opened to the public, and I want to share some of the photos I took, to give you a feel for what you will find there.

Display boards tell success stories of local and global conservation efforts. This one describes how Canada's only native ferret was brought back from the edge of extinction.

While learning about rehabilitation efforts with orphaned elephants, you can test how well you can operate an elephant's trunk. There are two of these display where you reach your hand into the trunk model and attempt to manipulate blocks of wood. It's not easy.

Information on conservation efforts with the California Condor is accompanied by this interactive feature where you attempt to feed a Condor chick with the Condor parent puppet.

There's quite a lot of information on rehabilitation and animal rescue. In that area of the exhibit, you can view actual xrays of injured animals and learn about some of the issues wildlife vets encounter and treat. Do you see the crack in this turtle's shell? I found the eggs in her belly really fascinating to see.

This is one of the interactive, and competitive, games available to play. Up to four players can take part in these quiz games to test their rehab and conservation knowledge. Correct answers are given along with further explanations.
On the way out you can read about ways you can help the environment, and therefore animals, and take the pledge by pressing the button for each activity you will do.
I know Boo will love this display. A big globe, with accompanying information on species recovery from around the world. Lots of details and images to explore, plus a giant globe to turn :)

During the months of June, July, and August, the OSC will be hosting a series of special workshops in conjunction with this exhibit. The workshops will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2:30-3:30pm. June will be making wildflower seed balls; July creating a bee house; and August will see owl pellet dissections on Tuesdays and making sun prints on Thursdays. As well, each Wednesday is Wild Wednesday, with beekeepers, owl handlers, raptor wranglers, and other conservation experts on site. It will be a ton of fun. You will be able to get more details and confirm times at ontariosciencecentre.ca.

Wildlife Rescue is a production of Science North in Sudbury, ON. You can catch it until September 4 in the Special Exhibition Hall on Level 6.

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