Life flourishes in the most inhospitable places. Journey to environments where these hardy creatures thrive.
Look Who You Might Run Into
Meet the insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals of our living collections.
Get Your Daily Dose of Wonder
Build an ecosystem from the ground up and discover which surprising animals support towering redwood trees.
Go big this week as NightLife gets really, really small to explore the wonderful world of microbiology.
Listen to the evening songs of rainforest birds and sing “twinkle twinkle” to a sea star.
See what our coastal neighbors like to nibble on in this presentation about animals of the California coast.
- #00000050Live Penguin Cams
Native to the coasts of South Africa and Namibia, these flightless birds have an important conservation story to tell.
Explore our Library of Life
Our research collections include specimens from each of the world’s oceans and all seven continents. Take a peek at some of our oldest, rarest, and most amazing finds.
Learn about our current initiatives, and access tools and resources to support your work.