Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals
Come face-to-face with more than 200 examples of the Earth’s extraordinary mammal diversity.
Ever wanted to look a koala, a hippopotamus, or a gorilla in the eye? This is your chance. These meticulously preserved specimens highlight the incredible variety of colors, sizes, and evolutionary adaptions in the mammal family—from the tiny Spix's disk-winged bat to the massive walrus.
Classified by continent and habitat, the animals in this exhibition range from the familiar (Eastern gray squirrel) to the rare (the okapi, a central African mammal so shy scientists didn’t know it existed until the early 1900s). In the Evolution Theater, an eight-minute film surveys the mammal family tree and the vast changes its members have been through in the past 225 million years.
- A bronze recreation of Morganucadon oehleri, the earliest-known mammal, which lived 210 million years ago
- A white rhinoceros collected by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in 1909
- A short-beaked echidna, one of only five species of monotremes, or egg-laying mammals.
- Reach into a hibernating squirrel’s burrow and feel how low its body temperature can drop.
- Listen to bushbabies (small primates also called galagos) calling to each other in the tree canopy of a central African woodland.
- Discover the three important features that all mammals—including us!—have in common.
Find This Hall
The Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals is located on the first floor.
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