Survival of the Slowest


Learn How the Slow Survive

February 5 – August 7, 2022 | Sybil B. Harrington Gallery, Level 3

Sometimes being slow, small or weak can have its advantages! Survival of the Slowest, Arizona Science Center’s latest exhibition, looks at the often overlooked species that have used their disadvantages to help them survive—and even thrive—in a world where large, strong and fast animals are often at the top of the food chain.

Guests get an up-close look at wildlife and daily presentations featuring live snakes, tortoises a hedgehog, iguana and more. Meet animals that have survived for millions of years despite being very slow, and learn about the puzzling sides of evolution and adaptation. Discover the difference between warm- and cold-blooded species, discover why some animals need less food than others and see the unique ways they hide from predators.

This is a bilingual exhibition available in English and Spanish.
Esta es una exhibición bilingüe disponible en inglés y español.

Plan Your Visit Today

Daily Presentations 

12:15 p.m. | 2:15 p.m.

Get an up-close look at our newest residents during daily presentations featuring Boa Constrictor, Red-footed Tortoise, Common Leopard Gecko and more.  Featured animals will vary by day and presentation.

Animal Care Specialist

A specialist is on site during business hours to monitor the animals, as well as answer questions from Guests. The Specialist also provides information on backyard conservation and local issues related to wildlife. 

Animals On Display 

Linnaeus's Two-toed Sloth | Red-Footed Tortoise | Green Iguana | Four-Toed Hedgehog | Bearded Dragon | Ball Python | and More!

Educator Guide

Aligned Arizona Science Standards, our Survival of the Slowest Educator Guide are great to use with students during your field trip. Click Here


Member Admission$6.95* | General Admission: $8.95* | Children under 3 are always FREE. 

*General admission ticket required. Additional tickets are required for the Irene P. Flinn Giant Screen Theater, Dorrance Planetarium, and featured exhibition. 


Photo Credit Megan Mendoza, Arizona Republic as seen in the article See sloths and other animals at limited-run Phoenix exhibit


Survival of the Slowest is produced by Little Ray’s Nature Centres in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature.