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Survival of the Slowest

On View June 10 – September 4, 2023

Sometimes being slow, small or weak can have its advantages.

Discover some of the world's most  often-overlooked species for an immersive exploration of how unique traits that may be considered disadvantages actually help these animals survive--and even thrive--in a world where their larger, stronger and faster neighbors are usually at the top of the food chain.

Explore the similarities and differences in species’ traits and how these attributes impact their survival strategy in order to answer common questions, including ‘How can slow and steady win the race?’ and ‘Does bigger always mean better?’ Meet a variety of live animals, including a two-toed sloth, boa constrictor, green iguana, hedgehog, bearded dragon and more. 


Exhibit Highlights

  • Explore 17 different live animal habitats
  • Enjoy live animal presentations with wildlife educators and animal care staff
  • Meet live animals
  • Test your animal knowledge with hands-on interactive components
  • Learn how real-world survival for animals depends on individual adaptations

Cost: Included with general admission, free for members, and free with CityPASS

“Survival of the Slowest” was designed and offered by Little Ray’s Nature Centres in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature.

“Survival of the Slowest” is sponsored by 

Additional support provided by the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation.