Pollution, deforestation and habitat encroachment have rendered many species around the world endangered, with some on the brink of extinction. The Ontario Science Centre’s new exhibition, Wildlife Rescue, aims to educate students about animal recovery, conservation and emergency response through inspiring stories of survival.
“Human activity is the leading cause of stress and extinction of wildlife populations,” said Dr. Maurice Bitran, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. “We urgently need to learn how to share our environment with other animal species.”
Wildlife Rescue opened May 18 and runs through September 4, 2017. The exhibit draws students into both familiar and exotic environments while exploring the rehabilitation of a variety of species, including how seabirds are saved from environmental disasters and how orphaned baby elephants are raised by human surrogate caregivers before being returned to the wild.
Students enter through an exotic grove for a glimpse of what awaits them in their journey. In the Species Recovery Centre, students could explore innovative ways to capture, raise and release endangered species back into the wild. At the Home Front, students could discover solutions to allow turtles to safely cross major roadways.
Through interactive exhibits, students could experience how innovative science, rescue efforts, techniques and tools are making a difference—all while empowering students to recognize how everyday actions have an impact, fostering respect and responsibility for nature.
Learn more about Wildlife Rescue and its programs online at www.ontariosciencecentre.ca.
Photo courtesy of Ontario Science Centre.