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Look Who You Might Run Into

Meet the insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals of our living collections.

Creature Closeups Gallery

Jellyfish

Get Your Daily Dose of Wonder

February 26th at 12:40 pm

Life flourishes in the most inhospitable places. Journey to environments where these hardy creatures thrive.

February 26th at 1:00 pm

Build an ecosystem from the ground up and discover which surprising animals support towering redwood trees.

February 26th at 1:30 pm

Learn about the fascinating adaptations of rays, sharks, and other ocean cruisers.

February 26th at 6:00 pm

Kick off your Lunar New Year with lion dancers, masked performers, live goats in the garden, and more!

For Members
March 1st at 10:15 am

Join our biologists for a live feeding of our albino alligator and find out what he eats for breakfast.

For Members
March 3rd at 8:45 am

Get a rare glimpse of our elusive giant Pacific octopus during feeding time.

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    Academy Expeditions

    We go to great depths—nearly 500 feet below the surface—to document biodiversity, including this rainbow anthias (Sacura speciosa).

    2014 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition

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.

Specimen Spotlights Gallery

Frog

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