CuriOdyssey houses nearly 100 animals – from golden eagles to rubber boas – which help environmental concepts come alive for Bay Area children and adults.
All of our animals are non-releasable, meaning they have been injured or imprinted and would not survive if returned to their natural habitats. Once they are at the museum, we care for them for the rest of their lives.
Most of our animals are native to California, although we do house some non-native animals in our Animal Ambassadors program. All of our animals reinforce the museum’s mission to educate and inspire people to take care of the earth by taking center stage in our wildlife habitats, school-based programs, and public programs.
Many of our animals live in our naturalistic wildlife habitats, through which visitors can wander. The habitats include a 4,000-square-foot walk-through aviary, which houses approximately two dozen native birds. Visitors can explore the wildlife habitats on their own and encounter the animals up close. Each of the 25 habitats is individually designed to accommodate the particular needs of the animal or animals that live there.
The rest of the museum’s animals are Animal Ambassadors – animals that are featured in our classes, tours, and public programs. They put a “face” on the environment and teach our visitors about nature and the complex web of life in ways books and other classroom lessons cannot. Our Animal Ambassadors often travel though the museum or gardens with one of our animal keepers. The next time you visit, you may get to meet a European ferret or North American kestrel!
Raccoons don't actually wash their food, instead they use to water to heighten their sense of touch to find aquatic prey.
California red-sided garter snakes are excellent swimmers, and will often go into the water to escape danger.
California Red-sided Garter Snake
See river otters swim and play in their habitat.
Otter feedings are held daily at noon. Come talk to a keeper about their life stories while they splash and dash about in the water.