Category Archives: Live animals at the museum

Setting Up House: Acquiring and Caring for Live Beetles

What’s involved in getting the live beetles into the museum for exhibition? Overseas shipping, custom housing and a gentle touch are just some of the requirements outlined by animal-care technician Stuart Baatnes. Continue reading

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Who Glows There?

From Japan to Ottawa via California: Our new live specimens have come a long way to get to the museum! Angela Desjardins presents the Splitfin Flashlightfish that you can see in the exhibition Creatures of Light as of May 3, 2014. Continue reading

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Poison-Dart Frogs: Beautiful and Dangerous

The striking colours and patterns on the poison-dart frogs in the museum got the attention of museum volunteer Jennifer Artz. She discovered that the flashy looks of these exotic species are good for much the same thing as the camouflage of native species. One big difference: poison-dart frogs bring toxins to the table. Continue reading

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Frog Care 101

With so many live specimens in our Frogs – A Chorus of Colours exhibition, our frog-keeper Leslie is definitely busy! It’s quite a job to clean and feed all the frogs, and keep them happy and healthy. Continue reading

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The Frogs Made My Day!

After a 12-hour trip, the live specimens for the exhibition Frogs – A Chorus of Colours finally arrived at the museum. Educator Nathalie Rodrigue tells us about installing them in their indoor habitats and the wonderment that they generated. Continue reading

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Preparing an Educational Activity Takes Imagination in Action!

Trapped! introduced our visitors to the world of insects. Step behind the scenes with Catherine Bouchard to learn how she created this activity. Continue reading

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Amazing Ants

Did you know that some ants grow fungus for food? Or that others keep herds of other insects to harvest their honeydew? Entomologist Robert Anderson shines a light on the amazing world of ants and their means of survival. Continue reading

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Ants: A Long Journey from Arizona to Ottawa

Live ants travelled more than 4000 km to the Canadian Museum of Nature, where you can see them in the exhibition Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants starting on July 26, 2013. Catherine Couture tells us why we had to go so far to get them. Continue reading

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A Christmas Surprise for Our Pacific Aquarium

The addition of new animals to a museum aquarium led to several astonishing scenes. Sarah McPherson and museum visitors were lucky enough to witness these uncommon events. Continue reading

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