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Press Release: 2012-04-13

THEMUSEUM GOES LIVE WITH REPTILES

Kitchener, ON -   THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener has just opened a year-long temporary installation filled with live reptiles. THEMUSEUM’s partner, Safari Science has installed five displays at THEMUSEUM, featuring rare and beautiful reptiles and amphibians including Vietnamese Mossy Tree Frogs, a large cane toad, rat snakes and a Timors Monitor lizard.

Entering the Region via THEMUSEUM, Safari Science provides a unique educational resource for educators in the community as they work to enrich school programs and stimulate interest in science by captivating children with a range of live animals.  Aside from the public displays, THEMUSEUM will also house a number of other animals on site for trained employees of Safari Science to use in on and off site school programs, birthday parties and other museum programs. During these shows, children and adults are able to interact with snakes, lizards, tree frogs, tarantulas, turtles and tortoises.

“We are so excited about the partnership with THEMUSEUM,” says Rob Ruthart, owner and operator of Safari Science. “While this opportunity benefits both THEMUSEUM and Safari Science, the real winners are the families who now have more opportunity to experience the important educational programs offered by both organizations in an exciting new way.” Since 2003 Safari Science has provided children and families interactive educational experiences about nature and science and technology and have offered unique experiences though a variety of outlets including travelling shows, kids clubs, workshops, camps and birthday parties.

“This collaboration with Safari Science is a great model for THEMUSEUM as it’s intended to engage kids in learning beyond the typical classroom setting,” explained David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM. “It also adds a great new dimension to our core program offering and it’s just another way to engage with the community.”

Safari Science is now open at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener.

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