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How did life on earth come about? The extensive Evolution Exhibition at the Darwineum is dedicated to this question. Infographics, touchscreens and fossils document different stages of evolution. Information is presented in detail with exhibits and examples from the animal kingdom in 8 thematic exhibits. Visitors experience the mechanisms of action of biological evolution in an exciting way.
The journey of knowledge starts with the Galapagos giant tortoises in the foyer of the Darwineum. They represent Charles Darwin’s expedition, on which he collected and elaborately documented a large number of botanical, zoological and geological facts. The life and work of the visionary of a scientific redefinition of the evolution of life on earth is acknowledged here. The tour through the Evolution Exhibition eventually leads further towards the Big Bang, into the ocean of legendary animals and via the water towns of primeval times towards the success story of mammals.
The exhibition area is the home for numerous fascinating animal species. The species diversity ranges from wondrous jellyfish and colourful underwater world in the coral reef to cute antelope squirrels and sugar gliders. They all illustrate the evolution and adaptation of animals to the most varying circumstances of different geological eras, and show the success stories which were able to prevail in the end.
A separate exhibition area is dedicated to cultural evolution and exemplifies how the abilities of human beings evolved. Formerly angular beaten stones became precision scalpels. Many abstract languages and also the desire to communicate emerged from gestures and sounds for vital references or warnings. And we no longer carve our knowledge into stone or clay tablets. Instead, we store it electronically in digital databases.
The heart of the Darwineum is the 4,000 m² Tropical Hall – the home of gorillas and orangutans. The great apes live here together with De Brazza’s monkeys, sloths, gibbons and Bali starlings.
A bridge leads visitors over the spacious compound of the gorillas and enables a direct view of Assumbo, Eyenga & other gorillas. You gain fascinating insights and the gorillas seem to be within reach via large viewing windows.
From Africa the route on the other end of the Tropical Hall continues to Asia and the orangutans. The families led by our orangutan males Sabas and Ejde live on two extensive compounds. Many climbing opportunities provide variety for the so-called “persons of the forest”, and visitors experience the red-haired great apes in action. Numerous terrariums with beauty snakes, tree skinks or Fiji iguanas complement the tropical animal kingdom.