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Artful Animals (July 1, 2009-February 21, 2010) showcases 125 artworks that feature African mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and even fantasy animals serving as metaphors for leadership, royalty, beauty, spiritual affiliation and moral values. Colorful children's labels throughout the exhibition provide information about the animals' traits and their symbolism in African cultures.

The National Museum of African Art partnered with the Discovery Theater and the education departments of the National Postal Museum, the National Zoo and the National Museum of Natural History to develop activities at each site that further explore and complement the Artful Animals theme. Activities from each partner are included in this guide.