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Hi, friends. Feeling a little shy this morning, but hopefully our rose bubble tip anemone says it all. (Photo by biologist Tim Wong.)
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More precious than gold: This incredible, shimmering handful of Mechanitis polymnia chrysalises will soon hatch into Orange-spotted tiger clearwing butterflies—spot them free-flying throughout our rainforest. (Photo by Tim Wong.)
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Meet the Gorilla Doctors. Along with Virunga National Park rangers, their courage will astound you: calacade.my/24CcVsc.
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The world's coral reefs desperately need champions—so today, we're announcing a $8.5-million investment in being one of them. Read more: calacade.my/1SN5gn2.
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Wake up, world! A beautiful male bay-headed tanager (Tangara gryola) enjoys a morning shower from the plant-misting that takes place in our rainforest—one our birds' favorite ways to facilitate preening and enrichment. Pro tip from biologist Tim Wong (who also captured this video): "Hang out on the rainforest's third floor—near the tallest tree in the exhibit—to get the best up-close view of these song birds!"
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Next-level parenting skills, as demonstrated by a clownfish pair in our Animal Attractions gallery. "Mouthing" the eggs keeps them free of fungus and debris. (Video by biologist Tim Wong.)
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Big congrats to one of our rockstar biologists, Tim Wong, whose butterfly work & photos were just featured by Instagram! calacade.my/25hRX5N
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Happy #AstronomyDay, humans! Space can be confusing, so we whipped up a glossary of 💥🌟🌑: calacade.my/1XrSBIb
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Oh, & by the way: #MayThe4thBeWithYou! Love, our little rosy boa & all us peaceful & intelligent Bith. #StarWarsDay
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Not the wolf we thought it was: Thanks to DNA analysis, Nepal's Himalayan wolf is (probably) new again. Via National Geographic—calacade.my/1O1wJf6
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"We’re only as good as the stories we tell"—Executive Director Jon Foley blogs about the state of science-reporting, and why we've just launched bioGraphic magazine: calacade.my/1Wot6Xk.
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Current "best way to start the day" obsession: Morning mist in our rainforest—enjoyed here by an hourglass tree frog. (Photo by biologist Tim Wong.)
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Natural history museum with an aquarium, planetarium & scientists conducting a variety of research.- Google
"The best thing about CAS is their thursday Night Life event."
"It has a great rainforest section, and a beautiful aquarium."
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Erin Winick
2 weeks ago
They pack and amazing amount into a small space! There is a lot to do and see here that is extremely unique. The Amazon exhibit is awesome and well maintained. They have an incredibly modern and up to date planetarium show as well which is included with admission. They have great student discounts and an additional 5 dollars off with a brochure add that can be found at most hotels in the areas. I was able to save $20 off admission for 2 students total. I would highly reccomend checking this out. It was one of my favorite museums I have visited.
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Oliver Ames
a month ago
This is, without a doubt, the best natural history museum on the West coast and one of the best in the United States. On a summer trip to San Francisco from the east coast, I took the time to visit the museum and ended up spending the entire day exploring the exhibits. The planetarium shows are fantastic and they work closely with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City to put on shows. The tropical bio-dome was amazing and the collection of sea life is astounding. The scientists are there to answer your questions and sometimes let you go hands on with the animals! This museum really gives you an appreciation for the natural world. It's a must visit!
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Amber Young
a month ago
This is one of my absolute favorite places to be! I've gone multiple times, and the exhibits are always amazing and interesting! The staff is super friendly and seem like they enjoy working there. Also, everything I've gotten at their cafeteria has been delicious, but its a bit pricey.
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John P
3 months ago
Deserves its high rating. The planetarium is really nice and included in the admission, along with the 3D shows and all of the wonderful presentations. I love the integrated design with the aquarium below the tropical rainforest and planetarium which is all below the living roof. Remarkable place for the imagination!
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Matt K
a week ago
Hands down one of the best museums I've ever visited, to the point where I was infuriating my friends by taking so long to look at everything. Incredibly helpful (and mostly volunteer I believe) staff on hand, excellent aquarium and endless other stuff to see, all situated in a new building and beautiful surrounds. Special mention for Claude the albino alligator!
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jennifer micó
2 weeks ago
Awesome place. Go there with time. It’s so big that you may ask for a hand stamp, go out for a while and go back. Planetarium shows are free but you need a ticket to enter.
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Brian Whitmer
a week ago
Wow, this place is amazing! While walking through, you are surrounded by beautiful butterflies! I wish we could've spent more time here. We only had about two hours and you need at least 4-5 hours to really enjoy it.
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Alessia Francischiello
a week ago
Definitely worth it!! It's more than 30$ ticket but I would do it again. Check out the planetarium.. it's awesome! and the rainforest *.* loved it!