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Jan 19

Sniff Out the Truth about Dogs at the VLM

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 8:10 AM by Communications Department

Wolf to Woof” Running Through May 14

The Virginia Living Museum (VLM) has a new exhibit running through May 14. 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. VLMWolf_SC

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.’

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. 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.

Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for children (ages 3-12); ages 2 and under and VLM members are free. The museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, I-64, exit 258A. For more information visit the Virginia Living Museum web site or call 757-595-1900.

The exhibition is created by Wonderworks Exhibits Co and brought to the public by presenting sponsors, Judy and Henry Morris and supporting sponsor Great Wolf Lodge.