How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

- Psalm 104:24 (NIV)

Undergraduate Program in Environmental Sciences

 

Biodiversity Discovery Center


The small Biodiversity Discovery Center in Mortensen Hall will accommodate small groups. Hours of operation, admission fees, and directions are available at the home page (click here).

Fish in Marine Tank Inland Taipan

Proposed Exhibits


We have identified an absolutely amazing 44,000 square-foot facility perfectly suited for our needs. We urgently need some very substantial gifts, as we have a limited amount of time to secure the lease at below-market rates. We need to raise at least $5 million to make this possible. Please click here to see the important details (including contact info) regarding this facility and what we hope to accomplish with it. Some of the animals featured in the proposed exhibits are listed below

Caribbean Islands Biodiversity Hotspot (including Florida)

Caribbean animals

Live animals on exhibit:

Assorted fishes
Assorted
  turtles
Cuban
  Crocodile
American
  Alligator
Cuban Iguana

West Indian Boas
Everglades Ratsnake
Diamondback Rattlesnake
Florida Cottonmouth
Cuban Parrot

Estimated cost: $250,000

South & MesoAmerica Biodiversity Hotspots

Live animals on exhibit:

South American animals

Piranha & other
  fishes
Poison Dart Frogs
Cayman
Bushmaster
Costa Rican Rattler
Eyelash Pitviper

Anaconda
Mexican Beaded Lizard
Cantil
Coati-Mundi
Vampire Bat
Kinkajou
Assorted birds

Estimated cost: $150,000

Pacific Island Biodiversity Hotspots

Caribbean animals

Live animals on exhibit:

Coral reef tank
Chambered
   Nautilus
Blue-spotted
  Octopus
Pharoah
  Cuttlefish
Coconut Crab

Weedy Dragon
Leafy Dragon
Shark petting
  tank
Fiji Iguana

Shell and Invertebrate collection

Estimated cost: $500,000

African Biodiversity Hotspot

Live animals on exhibit:

South American animals

Radiated Tortoise
Spur-thigh Tortoise
Panther Chameleon
Black Mamba

Gaboon Viper
Rhinocerous Viper
Egyptian Cobra
Hornbill

Big game taxidermy animals

Estimated cost: $50,000

Australian & Asian Biodiversity Hotspots

Caribbean animals

Live animals on exhibit:

Death Adder
Temple Viper
Russell's Viper
Indian Python

Inland Taipan
Monacled Cobra
King Cobra

Assorted taxidermy animals

Estimated cost: $50,000

Invertebrate Biodiversity

Live animals on exhibit:

South American animals

Spiders
Centipedes
Scorpions

Mantis
Hissing Roaches
Cone Snails

Venoms and medicine exhibit

Estimated cost: $15,000

California Biodiversity Hotspot

Caribbean animals

Live animals on exhibit:

Colorado River
   Toad
Gila Monster
Garter Snake

Rosy Boa
Kingsnakes
Rattlesnakes

Assorted taxidermy animals

Estimated cost: $150,000

Other Exhibits & Features

Ancient Biodiversity Exhibit – In their studies of ancient environments, Loma Linda University paleontologists have unearthed many exciting discoveries, including previously undescribed animal species. This exhibit will feature numerous fossil plants and animals. Kids will love rolling up their sleeves for a fossil dig.
Estimated cost: $50,000

Threats to Biodiversity Exhibit – Biodiversity is greatly threatened by human population growth, habitat loss, pollution, invasive species, climate change, and the illicit trade in wildlife. This exhibit will highlight some of these problems.
Estimated cost: $15,000

Conservation Research – Each exhibit will include special signage and/or videotaped presentations of the biodiversity and conservation studies conducted by Loma Linda University faculty, students, and collaborators.
Estimated cost: $15,000

Gift Shop – Guests can purchase unique art items, books, videos, clothing, toys, curios, and autographed memorabilia. Drinks and snacks will also be available. Proceeds will contribute to operation of the facility.

Dining - We hope to create a memorable dining experience.

Docents – Volunteers will be trained to share fascinating information and answer questions

Exhibit
Consultants

Sean Bush, M.D.
  Herpetologist, envenomation specialist
Tom Crutchfield
  Herpetologist, Tom Crutchfield Reptiles
Floyd Murdoch, Ph.D.
  Ornithologist, educational specialist
Donald Tuttle
  Conservation biologist, Jadora Intl.
Joseph Wasilewski
  Herpetologist, Jadora Intl.

Center Faculty
and Staff

Leonard Brand, Ph.D.
  mammals
Paul Buchheim, Ph.D.
  paleontology
Ronald Carter, Ph.D.
  systematics
Aaron Corbit
  webmaster, animal caretaker
Elieze Strydom
  office administrator
Steven Dunbar, Ph.D.
  marine biology
William Hayes, Ph.D.
  herps, birds
Kevin Nick, Ph.D.
  paleontology
Carl Person
  facility manager
David Wolf, DVM
  veterinarian