You may have noticed outdoor construction near the Laws Street first floor exit. However, as members, if you enter and exit at the North Griffin Street entrance, you may have missed the improvements being made. Hopefully you occasionally go outside regular Admissions to see the plants and animals on the entrance ramp (referred to as Borneo exhibit on our website). The overhang will provide a more protected area for those exiting on this side and on the second level ramp will be new exhibits for additions to our Birds of Paradise collection.
At the North Griffin Education ramp, the Lake Tanganyika outdoor tank has been drained and all fish and plants removed. This renovation will provide a new Members Entrance, via the escalator. As members, you have learned those days and times most conducive to a pleasant, relaxing and educational visit at the DWA. Many of you call ahead to ask about the number of field trips on a particular day. Except when used a few hours each weekday during the school year for groups, the escalator is idle. With this being the easiest and most efficient means for ascending to the top of the rainforest, we believe this will be an improvement. Members are welcome to use any entrance of their choice, but this should provide less waiting and more shelter.
Beginning early 2013, the films showing in the theater will be from the Wild Colombia series. Filmed by Nigel Marven, the videos feature many of the plants and animals seen at the DWA. Nigel is known for his achievements as a British wildlife presenter, television producer, author, and ornithologist. However, his interest in amphibians and reptiles is evident as he chases and wrestles many intriguing creatures.
The El Triunfo habitat in the Mundo Maya exhibit is now home to a pair of majestic Harpy Eagles. The new pair arrived via the Mexican government. During 2012, 28 avian species laid 400 eggs, and we are hopeful that our breeding success will continue with the Harpy. Our Book of the Month is a kid’s book about Albert, a Harpy eagle that explains why his species is endangered.
Three of the above mentioned hatchings at the DWA in 2012 are presented in Move Over – We’re Coming Through. The pair of Orinoco geese is often “traffic stoppers” as they give the impression that this is their home and they have the right-of-way.
Guests of all ages have always had a fascination for Sea apples. With the addition of our micro-exhibits in the aquarium, we are now able to display these colorful, yet poisonous invertebrates in their own exhibit, therefore, not endangering other inhabitants. Apples from the Sea helps point out why children, in particular, are intrigued by these strange animals.
The holiday season has been busy at the DWA. Our 2012 Event to Remember was again shared with participants selected by Child Protective Services. We hope that you enjoy the DWA 2013 Calendar that was mailed to all members prior to the holiday.
Thanks for your continued support of the DWA.