September 19, 2014
Thank you to everyone who voted on a name for our new Woma python through our blog and Facebook.
Based on your input, Didgeridoo—Didge, for short—is the name of our Museum's newest program animal.
Didge is a 1-year-old Woma python (Aspidites ramsayi), a species native to Western Australia. They typically grow to about 4.5 feet long and are very docile.
Didge is still getting used to his new home at Discovery Place but will soon be greeting Museum visitors during A World Apart and other programs.…
September 04, 2014
Discovery Place has a new animal resident that needs your help.
A 1-year-old Woma python recently came to live at the Museum and we need your help choosing the perfect name.
The Woma python (Aspidites ramsayi) is a species native to Western Australia. They typically grow to about 4.5 feet long.
The species is largely nocturnal and prefers the dark, cool shelter of a hollow log or pile of leaves. They're particularly sensitive to heat, so much so that they prey mainly on reptiles and will push their bodies off the ground and leap forward when traveling across hot sands or surfaces.
Our Woma python is very docile and looks forward to meeting guests on the Museum floor.
Choose your favorite name from the list below and cast your vote in the Comments section:
• Didgeridoo (Didg… Keep reading.
Discovery Place, Inc. is passionate about lifelong learning, not just for those who visit our Museums but for staff members as well.
Two staff members are in the process of completing the Global Field Master's Program at Miami University of Ohio. The program focuses on inquiry, participatory education, community-based conservation and ecology.
Gail Lemiec, coordinator at Charlotte Nature Museum, will graduate from the program in December. Juliann Chavez, who manages the Explore More Stuff, Explore More Life and Explore More Collections labs at Discovery Place, will graduate next year.
As part of the master's program, both women traveled to Baja, Mexico, this summer for a field research expedition to study desert and marine ecosystems.
Rancho San Gregorio was the first stop on… Keep reading.
July 15, 2014
Ramona Holloway from Charlotte Today stopped by Discovery Place recently to check out our newest exhibition, Alien Worlds and Androids.
The exhibition explores the intersection of science fiction and science fact, relating what we see in movies to the real life technologies scientists are using to study outer space and other extreme environments.
During her visit, Ramona learned the difference between robots and cyborgs, practiced using a robotic arm and even sat down to create her own alien.
"Alien Worlds and Androids isn't just a fun exhibit," she said. "It's educational too!"
TripAdvisor recently awarded Discovery Place with its 2014 Certificate of Excellence.
According to TripAdvisor, the award honors hospitality excellence and "is given only to businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website."
TripAdvisor is a highly popular travel website that features directory information and allows the public to post reviews of hotels, restaurants and other tourist attractions.
"TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence," said Marc Charron, president of TripAdvisor for Business.… Keep reading.
If you've ever visited Discovery Place, you probably already know that conditions are right for family fun, hands-on science exploration and learning through play.
For the troupials in our rainforest, conditions are also right for one of the most successful captive breeding programs in North America.
Troupials (Icterus icterus) have been thriving at the Museum since 2010. The national bird of Venezuela, they have a gold torso, black head, long black tail and black wings with a distinctive white stripe.
Troupials throughout the world are tracked through an Association of Zoos & Aquariums studbook, which dynamically documents the pedigree and entire demographic history of each individual in a population of species.
Discovery Place has been "the top producer of troupials in North … Keep reading.