Museum Animals Beat Unbearable Heat at Watermelon Day Celebration
Animals at the Museum of Life and Science will refresh and rehydrate with a cold slice of watermelon Monday, Aug. 7
Photo courtesy of the Museum of Life and Science
When the heat is just unbearable there is only one thing to do — refresh and rehydrate with a cold slice of watermelon. The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will celebrate Watermelon Day on Monday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with a refreshing look at warm weather animal care. Guests are invited to bring whole watermelons for animal keepers to share with museum animals and watch as black bears swim for melons, lemurs sample melon "pops” and more. Animal keepers will be on hand to answer questions from guests throughout the day.
All Watermelon Day activities are included with general museum admission.
"Our Watermelon Day programs give guests an up-close look at some of the techniques we use to keep our animals hydrated on hot days and the important role enrichment activities play in their overall health," says Animal Department Director Sherry Samuels. "Tossing whole melons into the bear pool encourages them to swim for their treat and a whole melon with cut out shapes gives our lemurs a unique challenge - they can see and smell it but have to work to access the fruit!"
Guests are encouraged to bring whole watermelons of all shapes and sizes for animal keepers to share with their favorite animals. From black bears to alpacas, melons play a key role in keeping many of the museum's animals cool, hydrated and engaged during the hottest days of summer. Your donation will provide a refreshing treat for the museum’s animals all summer long.