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  1. Common Raccoon (Snow)

    Take a look at this raccoon as it treks through the snow. Learn More
  2. Ice Age Mammals

    This box contains models of mammals (and their teeth!) that could be found in the Chicago region 12,000 years ago. Look at the animals' physical characteristics and infer their evolutionary advantages. Discuss some of the physical changes that happened as Amebelodons evolved into mammoths and modern elephants. Debate what caused these changes and identify relationships among these animals based on their teeth. Learn More
  3. Mink (Facing Left)

    Learn about the aquatic nature of these excellent swimmers, who hunt for food on both land and water. Learn More
  4. Taxidermy (American Red Squirrel - Summer)

    Learn about squirrel in its forest habitat while exploring what's real and what's not! Borrow this case before visiting the Museum's dioramas to understand the process of taxidermy. Learn More
  5. Animal Habitats: Oak Tree

    As many as 500 different kinds of animals may live in a single oak tree! Oak trees provide leaves, flowers, fruits, wood and seeds used by many organisms for food and shelter. Using puppets, act out the interactions of these organisms as they mill about their oak tree habitat. Create scientific illustrations of acorn specimens and learn about the life cycle of the oak tree. Learn More
  6. Deer Mouse (2)

    Follow the tracks of this tiny rodent into the forest, where she munches on seeds, grains, grasses and berries. Learn More
  7. Little Brown Bat

    Hunker down with a family of brown bats and learn about their important roles as pollinators and seed distributors. Learn More
  8. Virginia Opossum (5) NEEDS IMAGE

    Examine the functional body structure of this marsupial, whose long tail and pouch are used to carry young and materials used to build nests. Learn More
  9. Snowshoe Hare

    See how this animal uses its white coat to hide itself in the snow, and its big feet to get around in it! Learn More
  10. Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

    Hop along with this local bunny and learn about some of her distinguishing characteristics, including her fluffy white tail! Learn More

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