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National Geographic Museum Presents Geckos: Tails to Toepads

The National Geographic Museum presents Geckos: Tails to Toepads, on view now through January 5, 2011.

More than 70 live geckos have set up residence at National Geographic Museum. The geckos represent 18 species from all over the world and include such superlatives as the peacock day gecko and the satanic leaf-tailed gecko. Through a series of computer and tactile interactives visitors can experience gecko night vision, magnify gecko toepads, listen to gecko sounds, activate video clips of geckos in action, try to spot camouflaged geckos, and build a custom gecko for various environments.

Giant day gecko Photo by Bill Love National Geographic Museum

Make the most of your gecko adventure! Check out a free Family Explorer Backpack from the ticket counter to embark on a first-rate scavenger hunt or time your visit to take advantage of an up-close-and-personal gecko discussion daily at 2pm.

Join Museum staff for Reading Time in Geckos: Tails to Toepads each Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Pull up a gecko bean bag chair and enjoy a Balinese or Hawaiian folk tale featuring the various gecko species on view. After hearing the story discuss the plot, theme, and characters with other visitors. A different book will be featured every day.

Thanks to National Geographic Explorer Magazine all teachers who book a school group trip will be provided with complimentary copies for their classroom. Each publication provides important science lessons and vocabulary words.

Attend the September 26 Washington Nationals baseball games to get up close with one of the geckos and collect cool gecko items. The Washington Nationals are the Museum’s promotional partner.
Generous support has been provided by Amtrak, GEICO and The Madison, a Loews Hotel, the Official Hotel Partner of the National Geographic Museum. Geckos: Tails to Toepads was created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland.

National Geographic Museum
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, D.C., US
Telephone: +1 202 857 7588

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