Burke uses vast collection to celebrate mammals

Saturday at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle will be all about mammals.

Visitors will have the chance to see, touch and learn about hundreds of specimens from the museum’s mammal collection during “Meet the Mammals.”

Mammal experts from the museum and other organizations will be on hand all day to answer questions and talk about the diversity of mammals.

Among the groups taking part will be the Guild of Scientific Illustrators, Seattle Police Canine Unit, Center for Conservation Biology, Woodland Park Zoo, The Whale Trail, University of Washington Department of Anthropology and The Northwest School.

Among the special programs will be:

•  Meet conservation canines from The Center for Conservation Biology and K9 officers from The Seattle Police Department. Dogs will visit at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m.

•  See and touch the teeth, claws and fangs mammals use to slice, chop and grind their food. Feel fur that protects lions, tigers and bears from cold or sun, and learn how it helps them hide and communicate.

•  Hear music played on instruments made from mammals in the lobby by Abel Rocha and Eduardo Sierra at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.

•  Test your knowledge of mammals in the museum’s new Mammal Challenge.

•  Assemble a life-sized orca skeleton with staff from the Seattle Aquarium.