Animal Exhibits

Calkins Nature Area is the home to over 25 species of native wildlife in our live animal exhibit. These species cover reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals of both non-game and game species. The wild animal exhibit not only gives visitors an opportunity to learn about individual species, but it is also a useful tool in learning about bigger biological concepts such as

  • camouflage
  • body form vs. function
  • reproductive strategies
  • sexual dimorphism
  • warm-blooded vs. cold-blooded


A red-tailed hawk on a park fence. Children watch a gray fox through a fence.
A juvenile red-tailed hawk is
strictly enforcing the park rules.
A pair of visitors study Toby the
Gray Fox as he studies them.
Bill, White-Tailed Deer, shedding his velvet in the fall. Roxie, the red fox
The resident white-tailed deer, Bill, is enjoying an ear
of corn while his shedding his velvet in the fall.
Roxie the red fox is trying to say
something but can't find the words.