Saturday June 13th, 2009 home > features > just for kids
featured news and informative articles by local authors Tennessee Land For Sale, TN Farms For Sale, TN Property For Sale
Search Signal Mountain
Signal Mountain Map
Sponsored Links
Tennessee Land For Sale
Girls Preparatory School
Mountain City Realtors
Signal Mountain Homes & Land
Bluff Creek at Fox Run
Your Signal Mountain Home Finder
Push Hard Lumber
Town of Signal Mountain
Official town council meeting minutes
Town council meeting notes
Signal Mountain Town Budget
Signal Mountain Public Library
Signal Mountain Recycling Center
Signal Mountain Post Office
Signal Mountain Emergency Services
Signal Mountain Utility Services
History of Signal Mountain
Just for Kids
Community Interests
Signal Mountain Newcomers
Signal Mountain Historic District
Signal Mountain Recreation & Sports
The Signal Mountain Baptist Church
St. Augustine Catholic Church
Signal Mountain Bible
Signal Mountain Church of Christ
Signal Mountain Presbyterian
St. Timothy's Episcopal
Wayside Presbyterian
Signal Crest United Methodist
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
signal mountain

Just For Kids    |    for Kids Only

this will open the article in a new window that is printer friendly. printer-friendly version
published on 03/12/2009

Close Encounters of the Animal Kind at the Tennessee Aquarium

Communications Manager Tennessee Aquarium & IMAX Theater

Imagine encountering a creature with huge night-vision eyes, cup-shaped ears and the ability to fly silently. It’s not an alien, it’s the seldom-seen screech owl. Just one of the many cool critters you might encounter up close on your next visit to the Tennessee Aquarium.

Educators have always used props and live animals to entertain and educate guests throughout the Aquarium. “Our visitors have always really enjoyed these added animal experiences,” said Tim Baker, the Aquarium’s director of education. “But until now, this was just one of our educator’s many responsibilities. So we are pleased to raise the bar and provide more of these engaging animal programs.” Three new animal encounter specialists have been hired to create new opportunities for guests to meet more of the Aquarium’s charismatic critters face-to-face more often. These new staff members will begin providing these fun-filled programs on Friday, March 13th, just in time for Spring Break. Each day, for part of every hour, animal encounter specialists will appear in both buildings with a different animal from a list of nearly three dozen species.

Close encounters of the animal kind range from soft and cuddly encounters with a Virginia opossum to squirmy encounters with touchable terrapins and toads. Soon visitors may encounter other highly interesting species. The Aquarium has plans underway to add encounter animals such as a prehensile-tailed porcupine, a flying squirrel, a groundhog and a conure, which is a type of small parrot.

Kids and adults have fun making contact with animals they don’t normally happen upon in their daily lives. Baker says these close encounters of the third kind – contact – help accomplish the Aquarium’s mission to inspire wonder and appreciation for the natural world. “Animal encounters increase the number of visitors who leave the Tennessee Aquarium passionate about native species and our beautiful region that these animals call home,” Baker said. “We hope this passion will translate into action, such as people adopting “green” practices at home, getting involved in an environmental project like an Earth Day cleanup, or helping support the Aquarium’s important conservation work.”

Please if you would like to contribute or find content that is inaccurate.