That time I saw a sloth
Discover Survival of the Slowest, a special exhibition currently running at the Canadian Museum of Nature. With more than 20 live-animal habitats, daily demonstrations, and lots of information about the advantages of life in the slow lane, this world-premiere exhibition is the place to hang!
Taking time to visit an exhibition
In our fast-paced world, we often forget to take time—time to do little things like read a book, go to a show or visit an exhibition.
Well, that’s just what I did! I took some “me time” and checked out the new exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature.
As it happens, this exhibition is all about life in slow motion. Coincidence? I think not!
Although it’s an excellent climber, a good swimmer and a speedy runner, the green iguana prefers to save its strength and relies instead on its ability to camouflage itself to avoid danger.
Discovering animals that take life slowly
And so it’s in a “slow living” state of mind that I make my way to the fourth-floor gallery of the Canadian Museum of Nature to discover Survival of the Slowest, an exhibition that celebrates the advantages of living “slowly but surely”.
As I explore the gallery, I admire a green python and an iguana, a turtle and a hedgehog, an owl and some bats!
I enjoy watching the chameleon change colours as it moves around. Almost imperceptibly, it turns from green to yellow, then brown.
Continuing my journey of discovery, I notice a group of children gathered for a live-animal demonstration! They’re sitting attentively in a circle around the keeper, asking all kinds of questions. As for the parents, they’re comfortably seated on nearby benches, learning just as much about these species and their pace of life.
Did you know that like many chameleons, the helmeted chameleon (shown in the photo) has a tongue almost as long as its body?
Laziness to the max
Hearing a distant voice commenting enthusiastically, I realize there’s something interesting just ahead. It’s Lilo the sloth, the star of the show. Stretched out in his hammock, Lilo is totally relaxed and seems oblivious to the many pairs of eyes staring at him.
I take a moment to look around me, and I like what I see: a crowd of curious, wide-eyed children and at least as many fascinated parents, all observing these species.
The museum has clearly backed a winner by bringing together visitors of all ages and inviting them to take the time to discover life in slow motion.
Did you know that sloths have been around for 50 million years, and that their ancestors came from North America?
Survival of the Slowest – World Premiere
Canadian Museum of Nature – 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa
Until April 28, 2019
$6 plus museum admission
Save $2 on a ticket combo that includes general admission, Survival of the Slowest and a 3D movie.| The exhibition Butterflies in Flight is on until April 28, 2019.