Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants
Beneath the surface of the world’s rivers swim mysterious giants. Join Dr. Zeb Hogan, National Geographic explorer, host of the Nat Geo WILD series Monster Fish, and University of Nevada, Reno professor on a journey to find and protect the world’s largest freshwater fish and the habitats they call home. Monster Fish will be on exhibit at The Discovery through Memorial Day (May 30, 2016) —the very first traveling stop after its debut at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.
About the Exhibition
Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants features 6,000 square feet of stunning life-size sculptures, hands-on interactive exhibits, and evocative video installations that put you face-to-face with more than 20 species—each at least six feet long and weighing more than 200 pounds! Embark on a global journey to storied river basins with Dr. Hogan on his quest to find, research, and protect freshwater giants and the habitats they call home.
The travels of Dr. Zeb Hogan, Research Assistant Professor in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno, have taken him from Mongolia to the Pacific Northwest, Thailand to Australia. The purpose? A singular focus for finding, studying and protecting the world’s largest freshwater fish, an effort to bring attention to the increasingly fragile freshwater ecosystems and their endangered inhabitants.
As part of the Monster Fish exhibition, The Discovery is now the temporary home to five unique species of freshwater “monster fish.” On display are live specimens of alligator gar, white sturgeon, redtail catfish, Devils Hole pupfish and an electric eel named “The Creature.” The fish are available to view during the museum’s regular hours.
If you are an educator, get your students hooked on science with this Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants Educator’s Guide designed for students in grades 4-8. Educator’s Guide were created by the University of Nevada, Reno College of Science and National Geographic. For a copy of this guide visit https://www.nvdm.org/learn/educator-resources/.