Friday, August 15, 2008

Kingdom of the Night

Beneath the Desert Dome is the Eugene T. Mahoney Kingdom of the Night which is the world's largest nocturnal exhibit. It was opened on April 2003. Kingdoms of the Night unearths the mysteries and animals of the darkness. The day-night cycles are reversed, so visitors can see nocturnal creatures in their natural habitats. Most nocturnal animals have adaptations like larger eyes that help them live in their dark environments. There are over 75 animal species in Kingdoms of the Night, including eight species of bats.

The Kingdoms of the Night is divided into several different exhibits which make it so fascinating, each representing a different environment. We went through a canyon area where we saw naked mole rats, fossa and fishing cats. This leads to an African diorama where children of all ages can stand inside a Baobab tree to see the transition from dusk to evening. The African diorama is one of the many multi-species exhibits in Kingdoms of the Night which shows how animals such as aardvarks, meerkats and greater bush babies interact.

We venture through a wet cave where we saw stalagmites and stalactites dripping into a "seemingly bottomless" pit. The pit is actually 16 feet deep and home to blind cave fish and crayfish. There were hundreds of bats flying around the stalagmites. Traveling through the Eucalyptus Forest, we had the chance to sense the Australian night life as they wander past Parma wallabies and tawny frogmouths and stroll alongside an Australian stream, full of fresh-water crocodiles, turtles and fish. The eucalyptus trees are preserved to keep their aroma fresh.
The Dry Bat Cave exhibit was illuminated by a 70-foot high shaft of light, and is home to many different species of bats.

What an experience!


Michel said...

ang galing mo Lyn ok ang english mo.

Mitch said...

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