The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum on the Brigham Young University campus is hosting events for people of all ages.
- The Donald G. Cox International Wildlife Collection will run through January 1999.- The water birds display will run through the end of August. This display will be replaced in September by the deer family and will be shown in the center atrium.
- "Africa: A Diverse Continent" will be shown in the newly remodeled Bean Memorial Room.
- "A Synoptic Collection of Utah: Reptiles and Amphibians and the World Ecosystems: Dioramas" are also on display.
- Live reptile shows will be held each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Monday at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. These shows are free of charge.
- Each Saturday children ages 5-10 can experience their own safari, where they learn about animal sounds, how the sounds are made and why animals make sounds. These classes are from 9:30 a.m. to noon. To attend, register at the museum at least one week in advance. For registration information, class description and other information, call 378-5051. The cost is $6 per class.
- Scavenger hunts at offered inside the museum for all ages. Inquire at the information desk. There is no charge.
- Gallery presentations are available on life science topics. To arrange an in-house presentation one week's notice is required. There is no charge.
- Life Science videos are available to watch during a visit to the museum. Inquire at the information desk. Free.
- Scouts can earn their museum Scout patch. Requirements are two museum visits and completion of a work sheet. Inquire at the information desk for details.
- A children's playroom has hands-on science activities and toys for kids of all ages.
- The gift shop has a wide variety of multi-cultural items, books and toys. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
In addition to these displays and presentations, museum visitors will be able to see a display of more than 250 mounted specimens of ungulates (hoofed mammals) from all regions of the world, including many that are rare and seldom seen. The collection on the museum's third floor includes such animals as the Chinese white-lipped deer, dwarf blue sheep, saiga antelope, takin, water deer, water chevrotian, Russian tur, Himalayan tahr, altai argali, Asian ibex, Marco Polo argali, and the Manchurian sika.
This collection was donated to the Bean Museum by Donald G. Cox of Detroit, Mich., and will be a permanent display.
Cox is a businessman in Detroit, and is a world-renowned hunter and avid environmentalist. For the past few years he has worked with biology departments in Russia and China, aiding in the conservation of wild sheep. In addition he has worked closely with Thomas Bunch from the department of animal science at Utah State University and with Robert S. Hoffman, former director of the Smithsonian Institute.