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Night Safari: Maternal Instincts

16 March, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’re hosting an exclusive evening to explore the trials, tribulations and wonders of parenting in the natural world.

Enjoy a complimentary drink in Hintze Hall before starting your safari. Hear from three Museum scientists and take a closer look at some of our best behind-the-scenes specimens. Choose from the Chrysalis Tour or the Nymph Tour. After your tour ends you will meet the Night Safari scientists, handle specimens from our collections and explore the Museum galleries after hours.

The Chrysalis Tour includes:

Centipede Childcare with Greg Edgecombe, Invertebrates Merit Researcher
Explore the devoted and sometimes ruthless ways centipedes raise their young. From wrapping their eggs in dirt to creating a nest with their own bodies, centipedes have a rather different approach to parenting than us. Some species even abandon their offspring to prevent parent-child cannibalism.

Maternal Mammals with Roberto Portela Miguez, Mammal Group Curator
Young mammals are dependent on their mother’s milk, so it’s no surprise that mothers play such a key role in mammalian childcare. See specimens from our collections and find out how mammalian mothers ensure their young grow fit enough to survive.

The Nymph Tour includes:

Ancient Parenting with Louise Humphrey, Researcher in Human Origins
Fossil remains of ancient humans help us learn how children were raised millions of years ago. See skeleton casts of our early relatives and discover how they weaned and nurtured their young.

Insect Parents with Laurence Livermore, Entomologist
Peek into the bizarre world of insect parenting. Learn about beetles that regurgitate the flesh of buried animals for their offspring and the females who surreptitiously lay their eggs on males.




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