The Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals
Start in the Orientation Gallery, where you'll be surrounded by dozens of your mammal relatives from around the world. Then explore the four featured continents. Don't miss the Evolution Theater and the chance to meet one of your oldest ancestors. A one-hour-long exploration is optimal for a family visit.
Explore by clicking on the map to the left.
What will I find in the Australia gallery?
- 17 different mammal species from kangaroos and koalas to the echidna and extinct thylacine!
- Habitats: grasslands and eucalyptus forest.
- Discovery Zone: Compare different ways mammals reproduce on the only continent where all three major groups of mammals live.
What will I find in the Family gallery?
- Step inside a small display and size up one of your earliest mammal ancestors.
- Meet some modern and ancient carnivores, ungulates, and primates.
- Take a seat in the Evolution Theater for a lively 9-minute film
What will I find in the North America gallery?
- 41 mammal species including bears and bison, squirrels and seals.and lots of mammal babies.
- Habitats: Far North, prairie, and temperate forest.
- Discovery Zones: Crawl through a snow tunnel to find out how mammals stay warm, and look in the forest for foods mammals horde for winter meals.
What will I find in the South America gallery?
- 24 different mammal species including a jaguar, giant anteater, monkeys, and vampire bat.
- Habitats: rainforest floor and canopy-by day and by night.
- Discovery Zone: Enter the dim rainforest and find out what mammals work the night shift and how they find food in the dark.
What will I find in the Africa gallery?
- 33 mammal species from lions and giraffes to bongos and bush babies.
- Habitats: savanna, waterhole, desert, and rain forest.
- Experience a media-created thunderstorm that illustrates how African mammals have adapted to seasons of rain and drought.
What will I find in the Orientation gallery?
- Forty-five species show how mammals vary in size, locomotion, lifestyle, and type of hair.
- Portrait wall welcomes visitors to the mammal family reunion.
- Etched glass panels highlight three characteristics found only in mammals.