The raccoon, Procyon lotor, is easily identified by the black mask on its face and its bushy ringed tail. They are very adaptable and can survive in a wide range of habitats and environments, from warm tropical areas to cold grasslands. Raccoons are nocturnal and are rarely seen during the day. They are omnivores and eat nearly anything they can find including insects, rodents, fish, nuts, berries, seeds and, in places with human inhabitants, food foraged from garbage cans. Their human-like front paws make them well-suited for finding and opening a wide variety of food sources.
Science Tuesday: Zoology (February 2017) Science Tuesdays is an ongoing educational experience, offering science programming based on changing themes each month. Science Tuesdays take place throughout the day on Tuesdays at the Museum and include a variety of activities and interactive displays.
Discovery Kit: Zoology (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.