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Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs

Wolf to Woof logoWolf to Woof January 14 – May 14, 2017

Today, dogs enhance the lives of millions in countless ways, but they are also some of humans’ oldest friends. Ancient clues like cave paintings and burials reveal that dogs and people have lived together for thousands of years. But why have humans formed such close relationships with dogs, and not cows or chickens? Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs sniffs out the facts on dogs and explores what makes the human/dog relationship so unique.

“Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs” is the largest and most comprehensive traveling exhibition ever created on the history, biology and evolution of dogs. It uses the familiarity and love of these four-legged friends to explore science and biological concepts.

Through multimedia displays, dioramas and interactive stations visitors can learn about the different types of dogs, how they are related to wolves, how they have helped humans and what we can do to help them.

Recent fossil and genetic evidence has confirmed that all modern day dogs are the descendants of wolves. Ancient clues from cave paintings and burial sites reveal that dogs and people have lived together for thousands of years. Over this time humans have transformed, through selective breeding, the wild canids into the first domesticated animal; the tamable, the trainable, the incredibly diverse dog. No other single species in the animal kingdom has their variety of shapes and sizes and their abilities as hunters, herders, guards, and companions have made them truly our ‘best friends.’

The exhibit has four themed sections including multi-media displays, artifacts, photo murals, and dioramas of taxidermied wild canines and sculpted modern dog breeds. Additionally interactive, hands-on components demonstrate key exhibit concepts. Enter a “howling area” and guess what dogs are saying, test your nose against a dog’s great sense of smell, and climb into an avalanche scene to see what it’s like to be saved by a search-and-rescue dog.

A photo opportunity greets you at the entrance of the exhibit and guests are welcome to contribute their own “Pet Selfie” to add to our photo gallery.  Bring a photo of your pet for a chance to win a night for a family of four at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg.

Click here for full sweepstakes rules and regulations. Deadline for contest is April 28, 2017.

Created by Wonderworks Exhibits Co.

 

Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs is made possible by Presenting Sponsors Judy and Henry Morris

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Also look for these companion programs this winter and spring:

The Future is Wild – through May 14  Wednesday – Sunday, 1:30pm. 

  • Our planetarium show features what might be the possible future of the animal kingdom on planet Earth, similar to the evolutionary story of dogs. The show is currently ongoing.  Check calendar for showtime

Helpful Paws, Extraordinary Dogs – April 8 

  • Meet service and K-9 dogs and celebrate the bonds of companionship and service that are part of our special relationship with dogs.  Meet dogs (and people) from the Tidewater Chapter of Pets for Vets, whose mission is to unite deserving veterans with specially trained dogs rescued from shelters.  Members of the Newport News k-9 Unit will demonstrate how these highly trained dogs help keep our police officers and communities safe.  You’ll also see demonstrations of obedience training, competitive agility and more!  Time: 10am-3pm   Included in museum admission.