Sloths, snakes and lizards arrive at the Arizona Science Center


PHOENIX — From a 66-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex to spiders and scorpions, the next exhibit to visit Arizona Science Center will examine some of the slowest species on the planet – sloths, turtles, chameleons, ball pythons – and how they have learned to adapt and survive.

“Survival of the Slowest” will also introduce species that are not only slow, but sometimes considered small or weak, and how this can be advantageous.

It is scheduled to open on Saturday February 5, 2022 and will be on display for six months, currently scheduled to run until August 7, 2022.

Over 20 animals will be on display, including various snakes, turtles, chameleons, geckos, lizards and bearded dragons. There will also be live demonstrations with a pair of two-toed sloths, a green iguana, a red-footed tortoise and a four-toed hedgehog, according to a press release.

“Guests will be able to view these intriguing animals and take time to reflect on how they survive and interact with their world,” Arizona Science Center CEO Dean Briere said in a statement.

Admission to the science center is $15 for children ages 3-17 and $20 for adults. Admission to the new exhibit will cost an additional $7 for members and $9 for non-members. Museum hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Anyone two years and older must wear a mask inside the science center, as part of its COVID-19 safety guidelines.


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