Events this Season
Design Challenge: Animal Playland
Weekends and Holidays, through January 5, 2013
Animals, including humans, need more than just food, water, and shelter to be healthy and happy. Visit the Animal Discovery Room while the Wildlife Rescue exhibit is here and help us create an Animal Playland. Learn about our animals and use creative materials to design and build your own activity to enrich their lives. Create a fun tunnel maze for a burrowing animal to crawl through. Make a clever design for an animal that forages for food and hide treats in it. There are so many possibilities to create an entertaining environment for the animals!
At select times we will introduce the designs that pass our safety test to the animals and together we can observe their responses. Each weekend day will feature a different animal.
Members-Only Animal Enrichment Workshops
Second Saturdays, October 12, November 9, and December 14
Join fellow Hall Members for an introduction and guided experience in the art and science of designing Animal Enrichment. Design, build, then test your new creations with the animals and make observations of how they respond to your design. Could something work better? Redesign your project and retest it to see if the animal responds differently the next round or create a whole new enrichment activity. Space is limited, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate in one of these sessions.
Exciting Animal Updates
Sally the California Desert Tortoise has a new custom built home! Thanks to generous contributions by Animal Discovery Room visitors, our exhibits shop was able to create a new enclosure for him—complete with wheels, changable tubs of dirt and plants, and plenty of obstacles for him to traverse. Now he will live in our main animal display room along with our other scaley, furry, and slimy animal friends. Sally should be with us for at least another 60 years, so giving him a new space to enjoy will hopefully keep him busy for many years to come.
Adopt Animals or Make a Donation
Adopt an Animal
There are a number of animals in the Animal Discovery Room that have served us well for many years and are now ready to retire from the world of education. In some cases, we have more of one species than we really need. We are looking for permanent homes for these wonderful animals. A small adoption fee helps ensure that each animal goes to a family that is ready to take on the responsibility of adoption. Below is a current list of adoptable animals as well as criteria for adopting them.
Sorry, there are no animals available for adoption at this time.
|Sorry, there are no animals available for adoption at this time.
Criteria For Adopting
- You must set up a time with the Animal Discovery Room Manager to talk about species-specific enclosure requirements and the animal's husbandry needs and history*. See Contact Us page for general contact information.
- You must provide your own enclosure with proper set up and food for the animal prior to picking it up.
- You must pay the $15.00 adoption fee for most animals. Mice are a $5.00 flat adoption fee, regardless of how many are adopted at once. Rats are $5.00 each.
*Note: Not all adoptable animals are recommended for households with small children.
Make a Donation
Many of the animals in the Animal Discovery Room (ADR) have been donated by patrons of the Lawrence Hall of Science.
We do accept donations on occasion, but due to space limitations, we carefully screen all animals before they become a part of our teaching animal collection. ADR animals must be easily handled and even-tempered, since many are used in classes with children and members of the public. We also occasionally accept used animal enclosures as long as they are in good condition.
We house more than 50 species of animals and attempt to maintain variation in the ADR when accepting animal donations. Please contact us if you are interested in donating your animal or used animal enclosure to find out if it meets all of our criteria.
We Care About Our Animals
Special care is taken to ensure that all of our animals are housed correctly, with the proper substrate, heat, light, humidity, and enrichment. Undergraduate Animal Discovery Room (ADR) helpers, with the assistance of teen interns, conduct daily checks of all ADR animals. Helpers and interns are the first to notice any changes in the animals’ behavior or physical appearance. If there is a behavioral or physical change in an animal, it is monitored and may receive vet care depending on the severity of the situation. In order to monitor all of the ADR animals, we conduct monthly weight checks. New or sick animals are weighed weekly to ensure that they are adjusting well and staying healthy. When needed, we administer medicine, supplied by our veterinarians.
UC Berkeley Office of Laboratory and Animal Care (OLAC) veterinarians provide care for all our animals according to campus animal care and USDA regulations. Veterinarians are available 24/7 to provide quality veterinary care and advice. They do routine checkups on all of the animals, as well as operations and x-rays, and provide other veterinary services.