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October 16, 2012

See Seals, Sloths, and More at Meet the Mammals!

7th Annual Family Day Event
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Saturday, November 17, 10 am – 4 pm

Seattle – Ever wanted to touch a bat? Or get close to a tiger? Meet hundreds of specimens from the Burke Museum’s extraordinary mammalogy collection.

Meet the Mammals is the only opportunity of the year for visitors to see hundreds of specimens from the mammalogy collection on display. There will be hands-on activities for the whole family; many of the specimens can be held or touched. Mammal experts are on hand all day long to answer questions and talk about the amazing diversity of mammals!

  • Wonder what a scaly anteater would feel like? Check out our new pangolin specimen from Singapore!
  • Put together a life-sized orca skeleton and learn about otters with the Seattle Aquarium.
  • Make your own mammal mask to take home.
  • And more!

Meet the Mammals is included with museum admission and is FREE for Burke members.

Want More Mammals?
The Burke Museum is hosting mammal-themed activities and “Best of the Burke” tours every weekend in November, see www.burkemuseum.org for details.

On Wednesday, November 14 at 7 pm, hear from Senior Vessel Captain Dave Ellifrit at the Center for Whale Research, about how scientists use photos of dorsal fins to learn about Puget Sound orcas. Dave will share highlights from the photographic library of Puget Sound orcas, what it has revealed about these animals, and how it affects policy and research. Tickets are $5 at the door and are free for Burke members, UW students, staff, and faculty with UW ID. Pre-registration available online at www.burkemuseum.org/events.

Photo: A young visitor examines a sea otter skull from the Burke Museum’s mammalogy collection. Photo © Storms Photographic, 2008.

High resolution images available, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an American Association of Museums accredited museum.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.


(206) 543-9762; FAX (206) 616-1274

A young visitor examines a sea otter skull from the Burke Museum’s mammalogy collection.
Photo © Storms Photographic, 2008.