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The University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge is celebrating its first birthday with a one day Zoology Live! festival on Saturday 22nd June 2019.  It’s a year since the Museum opened after a major £4.1 million redevelopment, which was supported by almost £2 million from National Lottery players.  Since opening the Museum has welcomed nearly 150,000 people through its doors.

At Zoology Live! visitors will be able to see live reptiles, birds of prey and insects – as well as being amazed at the incredible collection of skeletons which include whales, elephants, a dodo, giraffe and a giant ground sloth. Plus of course the insects, birds, fish, corals and items collected by Charles Darwin from the HMS Beagle voyage.

Everyone will have the chance to get creative and make their own bee hotel or they might like to add a drawing or two to the Museum’s landscape of Wicken Fen.

Zoology experts will be on hand to talk about all things zoology and there will be a rare opportunity to see live burying beetles – to find out how these unusual beetles look after their young and what they eat.  Cambridge zoology researchers will be talking about the behaviour of the New Zealand hihi bird, and how the brains of fruit flies develop. There will also be opportunities throughout the day to join a series of five-minute lightning talks in the lower gallery.

All activities are free, Museum admission is free. No need to book. Saturday 22 June, 10am to 4.30pm.