MONTREAL, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - March Break means freedom, and at
the Biodôme we're taking the opportunity to say anything goes! From
March 3 to 11, the Space for Life is unlocking the doors and inviting
young people and their families to venture behind the scenes at the
Biodôme to explore some spaces normally off limits to the public. The Behind-the-Scenes Rally will take you on a trek to 15 different stations to see and learn how
we take care of the health of the ecosystems and their inhabitants.
You'll get to visit the veterinary clinic, the animal kitchen and the
laboratories and learn all kinds of secrets. To add to the fun, over at
the Botanical Garden, the fabulous Butterflies Go Free event on the theme of butterflies and moths features not one, but two
greenhouses full of more than 2,000 winged wonders!
What's hidden behind the scenes?
What do the parrots and monkeys eat? Where do we prepare the food? What
happens during a medical check-up for a sloth? What do the divers do in
the Gulf of St. Lawrence basin? Did you know that we've introduced
predator insects in some of the ecosystems to control insect pests?
The Behind-the-Scenes Rally will answer all these questions and lots more! This very special tour
takes visitors through the Biodôme's ecosystems to peek behind some
locked doors. It's a hive of activity, where experts are hard at work
maintaining the health of the Biodôme's residents and their living
quarters, while others conduct research into biodiversity. Drop into
the veterinary clinic and see how the staff cares for an amazing
variety of animals. Near the basin, our divers will talk about their
underwater work - a fascinating and very unusual job!
Butterflies and moths
The scientific evidence is undeniable: moths evolved first, then
butterflies. Other than the fact that they're active at different
times, how can you tell them apart? During Butterflies Go Free, come talk to the nature interpreters from the Insectarium and admire
over 2,000 butterflies and moths flitting about in the Main Exhibition
Greenhouse and the Fern Greenhouse, and find out!
The Behind-the-Scenes Rally is on from March 3 to 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access behind the
scenes from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Butterflies Go Free runs from February 16 to April 29.
Take advantage of our "Nature Package" (Biodôme & Botanical Garden &
Insectarium): from $49 for a family of 2 adults and 3 children, with an
Accès Montréal card.
The Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Planetarium are launching
a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the bonds
between humankind and nature.
The Space for Life is also a place where people come together to create
and to cultivate a new way of living, shaped by Montrealers and people
from around the world.
SOURCE Espace pour la vie
For further information:
Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator
514 868-3053/514 250-7753
Anik Robichaud-Gauvin, Marketing Representative