Posted by: thequaches | May 9, 2009

California Academy of Sciences in SF

Vince was able to wrangle a day off of work… so we FINALLY went to the Academy of Sciences!  I say finally because Christine and Tony (remember the Tahoe wedding?) gave me an individual membership for Christmas… and this is the first time we are using it!  Goes to show you how busy our lives really are…

So here we are… I’ll let the photos do the talking as we have had a long day and lots planned for the weekend so I am going to bed!

Happy early Mother’s Day to all you wonderful Mommies out there!  May your day be as special as you are!!!!

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This swamp contains an albino American alligator and several alligator snapping turtles.

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The Steinhart Aquarium is home to 38,000 live animals from around the world, representing more than 900 separate species.

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Matthew’s favorite was the touch pool:

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The living roof:  The roof  provides habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. A future project will seek to introduce the endangered San Bruno elfin butterfly and the Bay checkerspot butterfly to this new habitat.

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We are looking at ants going about their daily routine here:

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The butterfly rain forest exhibit:

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A colony of 20 African penguins dip and dive in a 25,000-gallon tank at the end of African Hall. Native to the coast of South Africa and Namibia, these penguins are part of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s Species Survival Program, aimed at conserving this species in the wild.

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The African Hall of majestic dioramas first opened in 1934, giving visitors an in-depth look into Africa’s diverse ecosystems. It has been faithfully recreated in the new building, but with some surprises.

Sixteen dioramas showcase a variety of mounted animals, including lions, zebras and baboons.

I remember visiting these with my parents when I was younger!

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A few fun photos outside:

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