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Caves

Hidden Homes

Step into the cool, dark interior of Little Critter Cave. This cave was made just so visitors can go where they have never dared go before- into the deep, dark depths of a wild cave.

From the entrance zone into the twilight and then into the dark zone, you will meet wiggly, wonderful creatures: a bat, salamander, cave fish, and more. Who are these strangers? How can a cave be a home? And, what does poop have to do with it? Step in and find answers!

Feeling Adventurous?

Caves are full of opportunities for adventure! At the Cook Museum, little ones can crawl by the wood rat’s midden or slip through Old Man Kelton's Squeeze – this includes wheelchairs!

Caves are also full of treasures. Can you find the secret stash squirreled away by a cave-dwelling mouse? What about cave formations like soda straws, cave bacon, or cave pearls? 

Visiting this Grotto

Inside the Caves exhibit, visitors have the opportunity to have a seat on some flowstone formations in Daisy’s Gallery – something you would never want to sit on in a live cave. Stick around in Daisy’s Gallery, and you may experience different presentations on caves, including the secret world of troglofauna (cave-dwelling creatures).

In a wild cave, what troglofauna might you find? Throughout a cave, you may spot raccoons, salamanders, crickets, bats, or see-thru crayfish, just to name a few!

Stepping out of the Little Critter Cave you will have learned about

  • What bats eat
  • How poop feeds the cave
  • How chemistry and geology teamed up to give Alabama some of the most amazing caves on the planet
  • Don’t forget to grab a selfie with Polly bear and her cubs!

Did You Know?

Alabama has its own cave fish. He is blind, hauntingly white, and has been documented in only one cave in the entire world.