REPTILES: The Beautiful and the Deadly is an interactive zoological exhibition that introduces visitors to turtles, crocodilians, lizards, and snakes, in an exciting and compelling format specifically designed for a family audience. The living animals featured in the exhibition include many of the world’s most recognized reptiles – vipers, cobras, pythons, alligators, monitors, snapping turtles, and more. Visitors are introduced to modern reptiles with 19 living dioramas, more than 15 engaging interactive components, and 35 bold informative graphic panels with stunning images by wildlife photographer Joe McDonald).

REPTILES: The Beautiful and the Deadly answers the fundamental questions, “What is a Reptile?, a Turtle?, a Crocodilian?, a Lizard? and a Snake?” Interpretive graphics and interactives focus on anatomy, behavior, ecology and conservation themes. The experience is meant to explode common myths and foster a basic understanding of how reptiles fit into the history of life and the fabric of their native environments.

REPTILES: The Beautiful and the Deadly combines the best elements of zoo and museum exhibitry. There is no traveling reptile exhibition anywhere equal to this one in scope or quality. REPTILES has toured the country at other zoos, science centers, and museums, but this will be the first time it has been presented in Kansas.

The exhibit will be accessible seven days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., until Memorial Day weekend, when public hours expand to 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit is scheduled to close on September 1, 2014.

Exhibited in the Earl Bane Gallery, REPTILES: The Beautiful and the Deadly is included in the admission to Rolling Hills Zoo and Museum

Click here to download the REPTILES: The Beautiful and the Deadly Species Guide.

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