The Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife, located on the 2nd floor, showcases the remarkably diverse biomes of our beloved Lone Star State: Piney Woods, Oak Motte, Coastal Prairie and Wetland South Texas Dry Forest, Guadalupe Mountains, and High Plains.
The unique scenes progressively change from dawn to dusk with lighting and soundscapes specific to the time of day.
Over 425 specimens representing approximately 250 species show our native wildlife prior to extensive human colonization. Emphasis is placed on rare, endangered and extinct species with more than 50 species classified under some level of threat. Several species that have recovered from near extinction are celebrated for their now stable populations.
Visitors can enjoy the adjacent Hamman Hall of Texas Coastal Ecology.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science has had Texas wildlife displays since the early days when the museum was located across the street at the zoo. In 2014 several of the vintage murals were renovated and relocated. Today these antique displays can be viewed in the Albert and Margaret Alkek Education Center on the lower-level of the museum.