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The Iguana House at the Brooklyn Children's Museum

The Brooklyn Children's Museum serves hundreds of thousands of visitors every single year, providing an opportunity for learning and play with a strong emphasis on the Natural Sciences, Culture, and Early Childhood experience. A goal for our Animal dept. this year is the construction of a new enclosure for our pair of Green iguanas (Iggy and Elizabeth), both of whom are used in exhibition programs. These animals are some of our public favorites, and in her 18 years, Elizabeth has put a smile on the faces of millions of visitors! (Awesome!). We've just come out of a large expansion, and greatly improved our Greenhouse experience - and what better place to construct an exhibit/ enclosure for these wonderful animals than there?!

Our Live animal collection has been a core part of the museum experience for nearly years - giving inner-city children the chance to meet these critters up close, touch them, see them eat, learn about their diet and habitat, and open the mind to a general concept of conservation through this tactile process. Iguanas are depicted regularly on museum signage throughout the city, and it's high-time we put them on exhibit in an environment that will help them flourish - where they will continue to do the "hard work" that makes them incredible ambassadors for both their species, the animal kingdom at large, and of course, the Brooklyn Children's Museum! Both have been feature countless times in local news (both TV and print), and are utilized approx. 3-4 times per week in programming and exhibition. Truly AWESOME critters, doing AWESOME work!

Funded by New York City, NY (April 2010)