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No Easy Prey

Opening; 22.6.2018
Curator: Damon Shusterman
Scientific Advisor:  Dr. Dror Hawlena, The Hebrew University

How do animals manage the risk of predation? This Exhibition, of fascinating images from the natural world, presents visitors with a variety of mechanisms and responses that animals have adopted in order to lessen their risk of predation by  reducing the danger of detection, attack and capture. 

צילום: Shanna Baker Hakai Magazine
The threat of predation is an inevitable risk in many animals' lives. Yet, this risk must be managed within changing circumstances as an animal's fitness depends not only on avoiding predation but also on its sustenance, procreation, and more. 
Over time, animals have developed a variety of mechanisms and behaviors to reduce this threat.
The Exhibition's layout reflects the understanding that the risk of predation is comprised of: The chance of being detected by a predator, the chance the predator will decide to attack and the chance of being captured and injured. Accordingly, the Exhibition presents behaviors and mechanisms that reduce the overall risk of predation by addressing any one of these three components:
Detection – Attack – Capture
The images dealing with detection focus on camouflage and the importance of adapting it to an animal's environment and the manner in which its predators operate.
The examples dealing with attack present methods of deterrence and defense that transfer at least part of the risk in the predator – prey interaction to the predators.
The section dealing with capture presents ways in which animals reduce the risk of injury and fatality if they are indeed attacked by a predator.
Finally, two unique "predator-less" ecosystems are presented in order to demonstrate the extent to which the fear of predation shapes the animal world.

צילום: דרור הבלנה 

צילום: שחר אלתרמן 
Date Created: 25/06/18
Date Updated: 13/01/19