The Arthur Ross Terrace will be closed this morning, Tuesday, October 21, for a private cultural observance. You many observe smoke and/or fire coming from the Terrace at that time. The FDNY has been notified in advance, and all safety precautions are in place. The Terrace will reopen at 1 pm.
A favorite among Museum visitors, the Water Hole diorama teems with wildlife in search of water in the Guaso Nyiro River Valley in Kenya. Spot the giraffes, Grévy's zebra, Beisa oryx, Grant's gazelle, the olive baboon, and herds of elephants.
The palm tree behind the bull giraffe is the first painting by prolific Museum artist James Perry Wilson. Wilson devised an ingenious grid system for translating flat photos and sketches into undistorted landscapes on the curved diorama walls.