Durham Museum Offers Special Animal Programs in Celebration of National Watermelon Day

Guests Invited to Melon Feeding Programs for Black Bears & Lemurs

  • Black bears and ring-tailed lemurs swim for whole melons and sample melon “pops” during special animal feeding programs.
  • Guests invited to bring whole melons for animal keepers to share with their favorite Museum animal; Q&A with keepers about hot weather animal care.
  • All melon day programs free with paid Museum admission.


Durham, NC - 

On Friday, August 1 from 10:00 am – 4:00pm the Museum of Life and Science is celebrating National Watermelon Day with melon themed animal feeding programs. Guests are invited to bring whole watermelons for animal keepers to share with Museum animals and watch as black bears, ring-tailed lemurs, and farmyard animals swim for melons, sample melon “pops” and more. Animal Keepers will be on hand to discuss hot weather animal care and answer questions from guests. All Watermelon Day activities are included with general Museum admission.

“Our Watermelon Day programs give guests an up-close look at some of the techniques we use to keep our animals cool and the important role enrichment activities play in their overall health,” said Animal Department Director, Sherry Samuels. “Tossing whole melons into the bear pool encourages them to swim for their treat and a whole melon with cut out shapes gives our lemurs a unique challenge – they can see and smell it but have to work to access the fruit!”

Watermelon Day Animal Program Schedule
10:00 am – Pigs, Farmyard
11:00 am – Black Bears, Exhibit Overlook Platform
1:00pm – Farmyard
2:00pm – Lemurs, Exhibit Overlook Platform
3:00 pm – Carolina Wildlife, Main Museum
4:00 pm – Bears, Exhibit Overlook Platform

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