External Animal Request Form—Policies

In an effort to...

  1. Ensure visitor safety and health as related to live animals in the museum
  2. Ensure safe and humane housing and handling of all animals held or housed in the museum
  3. Maintain a healthy collection of museum animals for exhibits and programs
  4. Exhibit animals in a manner consistent with the museum image and message

… the following guidelines must be met before exhibiting live animals that are not a part of the Museum’s Living Collection (LCS).

  • Animals will be used in accordance with Museum policy.
  • All animals and animal parts must have any applicable state and/or federal permits up to date and the exhibitor must abide by all state and federal laws.
  • Animals must be presented in a state of apparent good health, and animals must be clean and free of disease. Where appropriate, the animals will be inspected to determine their suitability for activities within the Museum.
  • Non-Museum animals should be contained in appropriately-sized secure housing that is safe for the animal and the visiting public.
  • All animals should remain secure and not be removed from the enclosure to be handled unless pre-approved by LCS or Events Staff. Programmers or handlers must remain in control of the animals at all times and exhibit them according to Museum policies.
  • Animal prone to escape, such as birds and other fast moving animals should not be taken out of cages or enclosures in the Museum due to hazards of open ceilings, open water-filled exhibits, and delicate exhibitry.
  • Animals designated by Article 55 (Venomous reptiles, certain species of large constrictors and Crocodilians) should not be handled or touched at any time while being exhibited. They must be maintained in escape-proof enclosures as delineated by Museum policy.
  • If non-Museum cages and enclosures need to be serviced, it should be done in an area and fashion pre-approved by LCS.
  • Non-Museum animals should not be co-mingled with Museum animals in any way and should not be used at the same time or physical location.
  • Animals being maintained in the Museum overnight must be in double secured containers and provided adequate life support. Where deemed necessary this may include access to food, water, and appropriate environmental requirements. LCS staff can provide input on this upon request.
  • Special needs from outside participants (filling tanks, heating water, pumping/dumping water, etc.) are not the responsibility of LCS staff and cross contamination of materials (heaters/hoses/pumps) is prohibited. If Museum resources are needed, please note this on the request form.
  • Appropriate LCS staff members will review the general proposed live-animal list and their placement inside the Museum for any programming activities involving the use of live animals from outside the Museum.
  • Live animals that have not been approved by LCS should not be housed or used in educational programs for the Museum.
  • LCS and Event Staff reserves the right to ask for any live animal to be removed from the premises.