The Tatra mountain range looms high above the clouds like an island – the smallest high mountain group on earth. A unique environment with unique challenges: some species have thrived here since the ice age, like shipwrecked sailors. Chamois and marmots have even evolved particular subspecies. The chamois are well equipped for the harsh climate, in spite of the snowstorms that can even break out in the middle of summer. The marmots, meanwhile, spend more than half the year asleep during daytime. Other animals, like red deer and bears, repopulated the region after the end of the ice age. Since then, they’ve tried to master the various challenges of this mountainous world. How have they managed? The second part of the series focuses on exactly this question, and shows how different species have adapted to life at great heights.
Sunday, March 18th – 4:00 pm
Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005
(Metro: Dupont Circle)