Natural History Museum  8            9-2013

Next door to the Science Center is the Museum of Natural History. I've been here one time before back in the late 60's but I remember having a good time. The one thing that sticks in my memory about this place is the large amount of dinosaurs so I couldn't wait to have another look.

The price of admission is $12.00 a person but it's worth it to see T-Rex and all his homies. There's also animals from Africa and North America, gemstones from all over the world along with a few other interesting exhibits.



I stitched this picture together from three different shots to give you an idea of what the display really looks like. All of the animals that you see are full size and very life like.



This male giraffe was over 16 feet tall and was huge. Even baby giraffe's are big being 6 feet at birth.



African elephants can reach a height of 13 feet and weigh 15,000 pounds. Little ones at birth weigh 200 pounds and are about 3 feet tall. Elephants don't have many predators, except humans.



To the right you can see some Cape Buffalo which are considered dangerous. They stand over 5 feet at the shoulders and weigh between 1,100 and 2,000 pounds. The frontal area of it's head is very thick bone and isn't the place to shoot at if you were hunting one. Once they have a bead on you... it's game on so beware!



African Lions are the second largest cats with Siberian tigers being number one. Male Lions average around 420 pounds and stand about 4 feet tall. The females are smaller and weigh about 280 pounds. Lions are big time predators and eat just about anything. Female lions do not have manes, so they stand out far less than males, and they do most of the hunting. Although lions are ferocious, strong and large, they do have some predators of their own which include human beings and hyenas.



The coyote is a clever animal that has adapted well to growing human populations and habitat loss. Coyotes are also members of the canine family. They can be found all over North America and have even adapted to living in cities. Their howling call can be heard in many places with several animals joining in at once especially when they make a kill. They range in size from 32" to 37" long and weigh from 20 to 50 pounds.


Bison are animals of the Great Plains and are often mistakenly called buffaloes. By any name, they're tough animals and the heaviest land animals in North America. They stand between 5 to 6 1/2 feet at the shoulder and weigh over a ton. Their sharp horns can grow two feet long and when they need to can run 40 miles per hour.



This display is right behind the reception desk and because of the very low light conditions here the settings on my camera didn't fare well but things are much better on the other pages.



Looks like T-rex is trying to make a meal of Triceratops. Nom nom!!


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