On a visit to the EcoTarium, you'll encounter a wide variety of animals, from owls to turtles to bald eagles. You'll meet some of them face to face during our public programs and visit others while they swim, relax and play in their habitats. Some animals, like wild turkeys, are living on their own within the museum grounds. You never know which animals you might see on a visit to the EcoTarium!
Many of our animals are here due to injuries, illness, human socialization, or other issues which make them unreleasable to the wild. All enclosures have been specially designed to meet the natural needs of the species as well as to accommodate any physical limitations of the individual animal. Many of our animals' homes include quiet areas, where they are able to rest and nap (if you don't see an animal, this may be why). All animals receive regular check-ups from their vets and daily interaction with their caretakers.
At the EcoTarium, some of our animals live on exhibit (you can find them among exhibits inside the museum as well as outdoors on our Meadow Path and Wildlife Path). Additionally, we have program animals who are not on exhibit but do come out for certain EcoTarium experiences led by our Wildlife Staff and Museum Educators who have been specially trained to work with our animals.
Multi-Species Animal Exhibits:
Meet native animals you rarely see. Several have come out of hiding to live in the Animal Corner building on the museum's Lower Courtyard. Drop by to see our personable porcupine and skunks.
Check out the tide pool tank on the lower level of the museum. It's full of crabs, sea stars, mussels, and other shoreline creatures. Take a seat to watch how New England's coastal critters feed, crawl, and interact.
Our wild friends
The EcoTarium is set on 45 acres of land that includes woodlands, ponds and marshland, and meadow habitats. It's a popular spot for native New England wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might see a hawk, wild turkey, sparrow, oriole, red-winged blackbird, frog, fish, salamander, chipmunk, rabbit, squirrel or deer. Some animals you’re quite likely to see. Others are active at night when the grounds are closed or are very shy. Be a detective and look for their signs: tracks, burrows, nests or scat (that's a fancy science word for poop). Seek out skunk tracks in the winter snow, hunt for owl pellets year round, and watch the meadow fill up with goldfinches when the flowers bloom in the summer.