At Fort Worth Zoo, a world-class collection is given a world-class home

For years, Fort Worth Zoo Director Michael Fouraker and his top curator of coldblooded animals felt that many of nature’s masterpieces weren’t getting their due.

Creatures as artistically and evolutionally marvelous as the green mamba, Utila Island iguana and Chiricahua leopard frog lived in a plain-Jane box, a half-century-old building crumbling slowly from overuse by millions of energetic children and cramped keepers.

Fouraker and curator Diane Barber knew that a new “snake house” was needed for plumbing and electrical reasons alone. But they also imagined a place that elicited less screaming and more awe from children who have made the reptiles and amphibians some of the most popular animals at the park.

“If you take those same kids to a museum, they are quieter and more attentive,” Fouraker said. “We kept thinking, ‘How do we create that museum atmosphere where the kids look at the scales, the colors and the patterns of the animals, to where they stop and look and see what is really there in front of them?'”

Their answer was just to simply call it a museum, the Museum of Living Art.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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