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Survival of the Slowest

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June 10 - 4

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Survival of the Slowest

Sometimes being slow, small or weak can have its advantages.

Discover some of the world’s most often-overlooked species for an immersive exploration of how unique traits that may be considered disadvantages actually help these animals survive–and even thrive–in a world where their larger, stronger and faster neighbors are usually at the top of the food chain.

Explore the similarities and differences in species’ traits and how these attributes impact their survival strategy in order to answer common questions, including ‘How can slow and steady win the race?’ and ‘Does bigger always mean better?’ Meet a variety of live animals, including a two-toed sloth, boa constrictor, green iguana, hedgehog, bearded dragon and more.

The majority of these animals are rescues that have been seized by the government or have been surrendered by owners who could not properly care for them. Each animal is closely evaluated and monitored by trained staff. Animals on display are regularly rotated so they get plenty of quiet time to relax.


Exhibit Highlights

  • Explore 17 different live animal habitats
  • Enjoy live animal presentations with wildlife educators and animal care staff*
  • Meet live animals
  • Test your animal knowledge with hands-on interactive components
  • Learn how real-world survival for animals depends on individual adaptations


Meet animals from Survival of the Slowest:*

Monday – Friday
11:30 am
1:15 pm
3:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday
10:45 am
12:30 pm
1:15 pm
3:45 pm

*Presentation times are scheduled to change without notice. Please verify the times on the day of your visit by checking the monitor in the final gallery of Survival of the Slowest. Live animal encounters are located in the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation Theater on the Lower Level.

Cost: Included with general admission, free for members, and free with CityPASS

“Survival of the Slowest” is presented in English and Spanish.

“Survival of the Slowest” was designed and offered by Little Ray’s Nature Centres in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature.

“Survival of the Slowest” is sponsored by

Additional support provided by the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation.


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767 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30307 United States
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