The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Desert - World of Extremes

The deserts are a habitat with a very few number of species. Only animals that have adapted to the extreme climate are able to live in those regions. However, because of heat and drought, it is not an easy life for those animals.

The exhibition "Desert - World of Extremes" shows the tricks animals use to survive and issues the adaptations evolved. It guides through an ecosystem that has more to discover than one may think at first.



Real desert sand from Sahara makes the naturalistic landscape staging authentic. Its special structure can be studied with magnifying glasses and compared with other types of sand.

Furthermore there is the possibility to examine the outward structures of desert animals to find out how survival in the drought is possible.




Contact person

Head of Exhibition Department
+49 228 9122-226
+49 228 9122-212
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