As a trail runner who spends as much time as he can in the wild, the subject of wildlife activity has often come up. Just ask John about his recent rattlesnake experience.
We recently visited Muzeo, located in Downtown Anaheim, to check out the new exhibit “Cougars and Grizzlies: Sharing their path.”
Here are my 3 favorite experiences:
1. The Preserved Mountain Lion and Grizzly Bear
Sure, this one is obvious. But I really did enjoy the rare opportunity to see the preserved animals up close. It helped me have a better understanding of their size and shape. The mountain lion actually looked like a cute furry friend, but if you ever see one on the trail, remember to make yourself appear larger, speak in a low authoritative tone, and avoid direct eye contact (facts I re-learned at the exhibit).
Unfortunately, there are no more grizzly bears left in California. So, standing next to the stuffed bear may be the only way to get a good understanding of how large and powerful the bears that once roamed early California truly were. It should also help build awareness and respect for California’s remaining black bear population.
2. Hearing the various snarls, growls, and mating calls
I was reading a poster on the wall when suddenly I heard a growl. I couldn’t help but find it amusing because I know that if I ever hear that sound again, I might be in trouble! The exhibit offers the opportunity to hear the different snarls, growls, and mating calls used by these animals to communicate.
You can also see live footage of mountain lions taken from motion sensor cameras placed in the woods.
3.The Transportation Corridor Agencies’ exhibit
This was my favorite part of the tour. At the end of the Muzeo exhibit, the Transportation Corridor Agencies have their own exhibit which teaches us about the extensive wildlife research that went into studying the migratory patterns of deer and mountain lions before building the toll roads that pass through South Orange County. This includes the State Routes 73, 133, 241, and 261. All of these routes were built with various animal crossing points and high fences that serve to protect both animals and people from a high speed collision without disrupting the necessary migration routes.
I’m still intrigued by this and I plan to learn more.
The price for entry is listed as $10 for adult general admission (if you’re an Anaheim resident, some days are free. Visit the museum’s website for more info). The exhibit is small but interesting and I plan to return soon to see their other exhibits. It’s also conveniently located in walking distance from the Gypsy Den, Flame Broiler, and Packing House.
Pro tip: If you go on Thursday’s, you can check out the Farmer’s Market.