Wildlife Rescue is a 6,000 sq ft (600 sq m) traveling exhibit about real animals and the people who have dedicated their lives to helping them survive. This 600 sq m (6,000 sq ft) traveling exhibit involves visitors in compelling stories of animal rescue and restoration, the passionate people who are dedicating their lives to taking action, and the science behind their efforts. The exhibit showcases interesting and unique species from around the world.
Wildlife Rescue presents topics and themes important to the health of habitats and the ecosystems of our planet. It imparts the message that we, as individuals, can make a difference. This exhibit offers a high degree of interactive visitor experiences and features great science. Exhibits and experiences include multimedia exhibits, mechanical interactives, computer interactives, large full-scale graphic panels, specimens, and the scientific tools and equipment used by rescuers.
Visitors begin their journey by walking through the entrance grove. An exotic environment sets the scene and gives visitors a glimpse of the zones that await further in their journey of wildlife rescue. Through projected lighting effects, key words and phrases introduce the broad themes of biodiversity, restoration and animal rehabilitation.
There are cases where the number of individuals of a particular species has become so low that it faces extinction. Often drastic measures must be taken to overcome the threat. With the help of dedicated professionals and volunteers, successful captive breeding programs have been put into place to capture the animals from the wild, breed and raise the young, and ultimately release these endangered animals back into their natural habitats. Visitors will come to understand the nature of these animals and the methods and techniques employed by their rescuers.
This space tells the compelling stories of people who are dedicating their lives to saving individual animals and ultimately an entire species. Two species, quite different from each other, orphaned elephants and orphaned orangutans are examples of long-term commitments and of forged relationships between their rescuers and the individual animals.
A turtle's shell is damaged by a car while it's crossing a road. An oil spill threatens the survival of a flock of seabirds. A herd of elk are stranded after a flood. These kinds of situations require human response to ensure an animal's survival. Across North America, local wildlife centers have been established with the goal of helping injured animals.
The Home Front zone concentrates on the critical roles that non-scientists can play in helping wild animals. The emphasis is on North American species, habitats and initiatives, and on documenting a variety of ways in which everyone, especially children, can get involved and make a difference.
This is the concluding experience for the exhibit. Visitors exit the exhibit through a video of animals being successfully released into the wild and a departing message of hope, which will leave them feeling empowered, knowing that they can make a difference.
"We're extremely satisfied with the process and working relationship we've had with Science North...They were very attentive to the feedback and in working with us...have made a good exhibit great."
Judith Fritz, Director of Education, The Tech Museum of Innovation - San Jose, CA
"Science North's object theaters have really defined what a true multimedia visitor experience is. Science North has a longer track record than anybody when it comes to producing fun, informative, affordable shows."
Paul Martin, Head of Exhibit Development, Science Museum of Minnesota
"What we enjoy the most about Science North products is that we know we are receiving rich educational content delivered in a fun and humorous way. Our visitors are sometimes unaware of learning as they are so immersed in the experiences....I offer my wholehearted support for Science North's experience in creating content rich exhibits and productions."
Richard C. Thomas, Exhibit Coordinator, Connecticut Science Center
"Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a long standing client of Science North...As a natural history museum we appreciate the wide variety of content that is a part of each and every one of Science North's projects. Steeped in these content rich exhibits and products are educational and scientific facts. While visitors are interacting and having fun they are also learning, which is key."
Jennifer Grant Warner, Sr. Vice President & Chief Programming Officer, Fernbank Museum of Natural History
"...Our visitors were engaged and seemed to love the interactive. The exhibition looks fantastic in our gallery and I think it will do really well here. I'm also very thankful that it is so low-maintenance."
Michael H. Brown, Exhibit Designer, Fernbank Museum of Natural History
"One of the strengths of [Creatures of the Abyss] is the strong personal connection that visitors can make with researchers - this is conveyed with interviews, content review, and a speakers series. I am hopeful that this connection is copied by other science centers and museums as it brings a sense of excitement and relevance to the exhibit."
Dr. George I. Matsumoto, Senior Education and Research Specialist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
"This immersive exhibit taught us an incredible amount of information about the ocean and the amazing research that is happening there... in a place that we know so little about. We came away from this exhibit thinking about the ocean in an entirely different way, and inspired to make changes to protect this fragile ecosystem."
Lisa .A., Science North Visitor and Member
"I came with my two children (ages 5 and 3) to Fernbank yesterday and wanted to pass along my compliments on the Wildlife Rescue exhibit...The exhibit was one of the most hands-on and educational I have ever seen...Every part of the exhibit was working and was a fun and educational experience. My sincere compliments to the designers and to Fernbank for making this exhibit part of their temporary collection. Kudos!"
Christine .R., Visitor to Fernbank Museum of Natural History
"I thought it was a beautifully put together exhibit, which can be very hard to come by...I absolutely loved that this exhibit was extremely educational for adults as well."
Erin Kendall, School Programs Coordinator, The Wildlife Experience