Rainforest vivarium unveiled

November 10, 2010, 4:13 am

Northwest Nazarene University’s Department of Biology unveiled its one-of-a-kind rainforest vivarium last week in the Thomas Family Health and Science Center. The vivarium is a self-contained display of live plants and animals and includes over 30 frogs representing four species found in the rainforests of Panama and Costa Rica.

Visitors from the community and those visiting for Homecoming & Family Weekend enjoyed a  behind-the-scenes look at the vivarium, games, children’s activities and stations with live animals such as salamanders, snakes and an alligator.

Chair of the NNU Department of Biology Dr. John Cossel said, “We are thrilled to be able to use this exhibit to introduce children and adults alike to the marvels of tropical rainforests.  We anticipate that over 1,000 school children will visit the vivarium annually.  Since many of these students will not ever visit a rain forest, this is a small attempt to bring the rainforest to them.”

Read articles from theIdaho Press Tribuneand theIdaho Statesmanhere.

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