Animal Hall

While the building is closed, please enter Animal Hall through the Birds of Prey Exhibit on the side of the building next to Nature’s Playground. Hours are 10am -12pm Mon-Fri. The Birds of Prey Exhibit is open 10am-2pm Mon-Fri.

Story Time with an animal is at 10:30 am outdoors Mon-Fri. Canceled in the case of inclement weather.

Birds of Prey Feeding is at 11 am Mon-Fri and 1 pm on Sat. 

Donation boxes are available, and we encourage donations to help sustain our programs. Thank you in advance!

Remember masks are required. Please note that our restrooms are not currently available to the public and the rest of the building remains closed at this time. 

Animal Hall and the Connecticut Birds of Prey Exhibit here at Earthplace provide our community with educational animal programs and experiences focused on natural history, care, and appreciation. Earthplace is home to more than 50 animals. Most have injuries that prevent them from surviving on their own in the wild. Here are a few of them:


Virginia or North American Opossum

Poor Waffles has a spinal injury that prevents him from surviving on his own. He struggles to use his back […]


Brown Bat

In 2007, Sonar was discovered in an auto repair shop in northern Connecticut with a fractured shoulder. Unfortunately, this means […]



Cheerio arrived at Earthplace in 2015. She was surrendered by her owner. Cheerio’s favorite thing to do is to take […]

Chatty & Cerena

Bald Eagles

Chatty arrived in 2005 from Alaska. She had damage to her feet and her left wing had to be amputated […]

Moody & Marble

Barred Owls

Marble was rescued in Westbrook, Connecticut on August 5, 2012 after he was found next to a highway. Marble is […]


Domestic Pigeon

Pecans is our resident artist. His paintings are available in our gift shop. Pecans was skinny, dirty, and sick when […]


Wood Turtle

You may notice that Woody is missing part of his front leg which prevents him from digging and living in […]


Ball Python

Banana came to Earthplace after having been someone’s pet. She is a very docile and friendly snake.  General Facts Lifespan: […]


Bearded Dragon

The Bearded Dragon gets its name from the underside of the lizard’s throat, which can turn black if the animal […]


Green Tree Frog

Hitch gets her name from hitching a ride in a truck from Mississippi to Connecticut. She now lives with us […]


Yellow-Spotted Salamander

Spotty was rescued when he tried crossing a busy road. In case you are wondering where his spots have gone, […]


Grey Tree Frog

This type of tree frog can be found all over Connecticut. Lichens favorite past-time is to climb walls.  General Facts […]


Mexican Red Knee Tarantula

Hagrid is a surrendered pet and is a very friendly tarantula who doesn’t mind being held. General Facts Lifespan: Females […]

Bob & Janet

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

These are non-native cockroaches. They are popular in our Nature Education Programs as they are big and hiss loudly. General […]

Eric Carle

Hermit Crab

Got his name after the author of the popular children’s book “A House for Hermit Crab”. While Hermit Crabs have […]

Sponsor an Animal

Animal sponsorship provides the opportunity to support the animals that are a necessary part of the programs we offer the community.


Animal Ambassadors

Earthplace uses a variety of domestic and select native animals to teach visitors about the basic classes of animals: Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and insects.