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Heckscher's Wild Exhibit Gets Visitors Close to Wildlife

New exhibit features exotic reptiles, mammals and insects

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Stamford, CT | Added on March 12, 2015 At 10:00 PM

Exotic snakes, lizards, insects, and marsupials are some of the wildlife you'll see when you walk into the new Heckscher's Wild exhibit at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. 

"There's a lot of snakes, but we have short tailed opossum, we have sugar glider, we have some chinchillas, the ferrets which are a big hit, we also have three tarantulas and a bunch of different frogs as well," said Lisa Monachelli, Education Programs Manager at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.

The new educational exhibit and classroom opened this Saturday during the nature center's annual Maple Sugar Festival, replacing the former Animal Embassy space.  

"We have four separate areas," said Monachelli. "We have animals and plants from the mountains, animals and plants from the rain forest, the dessert and the grasslands." 

It's the next step for the museum, which has been educating children and families of farm animals since the late 1930's. Visitors will be able to see and interact with a wide variety exotic wildlife from across the globe. 

"In the last few years our program numbers have increased and our animal collection has increased so much that we really were just in need of space for another classroom to be able to give the school groups and the public the great experience that they're used to," said Monachelli. 

Sydney the Blue Tongue Skink is just one of the animals here at the new exhibit. 

"They're native to Australia, New Zealand, some of them can even be found in the middle east such a Iran and Iraq," said Leigha Krize, Stamford Museum & Nature Center Environmental Educator.  

"We'll also be doing animal meet and greets," said Monachelli. "We'll be doing some feeding activities, where kids can come in and help to make salad. We're also going to be getting a few more animals that are going to be coming into this space so they can come in and learn about where they live, how they adapted to that specific ecosystem, what they eat and be able to help feed them as well."  

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