Skip to main content

Natural Awakenings - Alachua, Citrus, Marion, Sumter Co & The Villages, FL

Overlooked Creatures Shine at the Museum of Natural History, Gainesville

Survival of the Slowest, an exhibit on display through September 12 at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, features animals that are slow, small or weak, and explores how they use these traits to thrive. Visitors get an up-close look at live animals, including a sloth, hedgehog, snake and others. The exhibit has a keeper onsite to answer visitor questions and hold daily presentations.


Visitors can meet creatures that have survived for millions of years despite their apparent disadvantages and learn about the puzzling sides of evolution and adaptation, including the difference between warm- and cold-blooded animals and the unique ways they hide from predators.


Admission is $10 adults/$9 Fla. residents, seniors and non-UF college students/$7 ages 3-17/free for UF students and museum members. Location: 3215 Hull Rd., Powell Hall, UF Cultural Plaza, Gainesville. For more information, visit