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Aquarium's Madagascar gallery opens Saturday

The Florida Aquarium's newest exhibit, Journey to Madagascar, will open on Saturday bringing leaping lemurs and hissing cockroaches to a new gallery that explores a biodiversity hotspot. The country of Madagascar has rain forests, deserts, mountain highlands, tropical beaches and coral reefs. Scientists say some 80 percent of the plants and animals on the island of Madagascar are found nowhere else. The exhibit will have face-to-face experiences with ring-tailed lemurs, interactive experiences including an area where guests can pop up into an exhibit filled with hissing cockroaches, and opportunities to see colorful chameleons and an Indian Ocean coral reef up close. Journey to Madagascar replaced the former Aquariumania Gallery located above the Wetlands Trail and is included in the price of admission: $21.95 adults, $16.95 for kids 11 and under. The aquarium is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

Aquarium's Madagascar gallery opens Saturday 02/27/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:54pm]
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