/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory/Photo Op - Lizards and Snakes: ALIVE! Invade the Ontario Science Centre/

    They've arrived and they're alive - all summer long!

    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - Visitors will get an intimate look at over 50
squamates that will be crawling, climbing and slithering at the Ontario
Science Centre this summer. Squamates - from the Latin 'scaly' - is the word
scientists use to describe the group of animals that includes lizards and
snakes. The new exhibition Lizards & Snakes: ALIVE! features 26 species of
these amazing creatures from five continents, and highlights the individual
characteristics that allow them to survive in their habitats.

    What:  Special media preview of the exhibition Lizards & Snakes: ALIVE!

    Who:   - Veiled Chameleon
           - Blue-tongued Skink
           - Gila Monster
           - Red Spitting Cobra
           - Burmese Python
             and more...

    When:  Wednesday, June 17, 2009
           10:00 am

           - Remarks at 10:30am by Lesley Lewis, CEO, Ontario Science Centre
           - Special guests: John Ham, Reptiland
             Grade 4 classes from Blessed John XXIII Elementary School

    Where: Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto
           (TV crews may use the valley parking: Enter off Gateway Drive
           South of the main entrance, drive down the hill to the security

    This exhibition is organized by the American Museum of Natural History,
New York, in collaboration with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History,
Atlanta, and the San Diego Natural History Museum, with appreciation to Clyde
Peeling's Reptiland.
    This exhibition has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural
Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Culture,
administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Ellen Flowers, Media Relations
Officer, (416) 696-3154, Cell day of: (416) 771-2614, ellen.flowers@osc.on.ca;
Christine Crosbie, Media Relations Officer, (416) 696-3191, Cell day of: (416)
895-5482, christine.crosbie@osc.on.ca

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