Caring for Small Animals on the Ark

by Ark Encounter on June 15, 2023

As you enter our life-size Noah’s Ark at the Ark Encounter, one of the first exhibits you will see is small animal cages. We encourage you not to rush past them. These cages aren’t just props—they are actually working cages!

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Smart Feeders

Noah’s family may have used automated processes to handle many of the responsibilities related to animal care. Food and water systems could have been used to contain several days’ worth of nourishment, allowing creatures to eat and drink whenever they wanted—much like the hamster and gerbil feeders that we use today.

Small Animal Cages


Slotted floors in the cages combined with a series of angled trays placed beneath them would move the waste of many animals to a collection tray at the bottom of the stack that could be quickly cleaned.

Small Animal Waste Signage

To learn more about how Noah’s family could have cared for small and large animals on the ark, start planning your visit today!