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Excerpts from two evaluation reports that looked at visitors' interests in live animals in exhibitions - Spiders! (1996, 1998) and Bats (1998).

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Excerpts from two evaluation reports that looked at visitors' interests in live animals in exhibitions - Spiders! (1996, 1998) and Bats (1998). These showed that not only were visitors interested in seeing live animals in exhibitions, but they engaged with them and those exhibits tended to be more memorable. Observations showed that visitors spent more time at live exhibits, yet appeared to be more interested in the animals than the accompanying text.

Further information can be found in a 2003 paper by Sophie Masters, The Use of Live Animals in Museum Exhibitions. In Kelly, L. and Barrett, J. (Eds) UNCOVER Volume 1. Proceedings of the Uncover: Graduate Research in the Museum Sector Conference 2002. Sydney: Australian Museum.

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