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Island Zone

Visit a tropical island research station to learn about evolution by studying some of the unique animals that make these isolated habitats their homes. Let curiosity be your guide as you examine live lizards and reef-dwelling tropical fish, and find out why ecologists turn to island life for clues about the way evolution works.

Exhibit Highlights
Anole Enclosure
Examine island lizards called anoles and see how they’ve adapted to their specific habitats.
Survival of the Fittest
Play the role of a predator in this interactive computer game, and explore how natural selection influences the evolution of a species over multiple generations.
Underwater Island Life
Observe colorful, live reef fish that are found only in the waters around Hawaii.
Fish Find a Niche
See the diversity of cichlids, fish from African rift lakes that have developed behaviors to help them live and feed in unique habitats in the lakes.
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