a Spring Break Safari in Chattanooga
animal attractions to fantastic films,
the Scenic City offers entertainment for all ages
Tenn. (Feb. 20, 2003) – From chimps in the trees to the
depths of the seas, there’s so much to explore in Chattanooga
safari begins at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater. Explore
Africa’s Gombe Forest and exotic ocean reefs in two new
films, “Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees” and “Ocean
Wonderland,” both opening Feb. 22.
deep into Africa's Gombe Forest with a real-life “Queen
of the Jungle” to experience the world of chimpanzees. “Jane
Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees” takes viewers on an extraordinary
trip to observe surprising, fascinating and amusing chimp behaviors.
Enveloped by the jungle and led by Dr. Goodall, viewers explore
the lives of the now-famous Gombe chimp families: Fifi and sons
Freud and the turbulent alpha male Frodo, along with Gremlin,
Gaia and the endearing Galahad.
Wonderland,” a brand new 3D ocean film, takes viewers under
the waves to experience sharks in a feeding frenzy, frolicking
dolphins and soaring eagle rays. Filmed on Australia's Great Barrier
Reef and in the Bahamas, 3D film fans will be totally immersed
in the magic and majesty of coral reefs.
across the street from the IMAX Theater, visitors can continue
their aquatic adventure at the Tennessee Aquarium. The journey
begins high in the Appalachian Mountains and follows the path
of a drop of water from mountain streams to the Gulf of Mexico.
Featured animals include cuddly river otters, free-flying birds
and an array of colorful fish. Visitors can even get hands-on
with the ancient lake sturgeon at the touch station in Discovery
miss the Aquarium’s newest gallery, “Seahorses:
Beyond Imagination.” The gallery features seahorses
from all over the world – from the large lined seahorses
to tiny dwarf seahorses. Check out the odd-looking pipefish that
swim upside down and the mysterious leafy and weedy seadragons
that float on gossamer “wings.” Children will enjoy
the interactive wall in the gallery and can pretend to swim with
the seahorses in a pop-up tank.
a short drive from the Aquarium is the Chattanooga
Zoo at Warner Park, widely known as the “best little
zoo in America.” The new Gombe Forest exhibit features a
group of charismatic chimps, including the Zoo’s most recognized
resident, Hank. Guests can also experience keeper talks and chimp
feedings at scheduled times.
addition to exploring the world of chimpanzees, guests will discover
many things about the Gombe Forest – from the wonders of
Lake Tanganyika to the culture of the people of Tanzania. Children
of all ages can listen to the calls of chimpanzees and visit a
field research camp.
door to the Gombe Forest exhibit is the African Aviary, where
visitors can see African crowned cranes and spur-thigh tortoises.
Don’t miss the chance to feed African pygmy goats.
can share their safari photos and win great prizes by entering
the Spring Safari Photo Contest, sponsored by the Tennessee Aquarium,
the Chattanooga Zoo, Kodak and the “Chattanooga Times Free
Press.” To enter, contestants should send their favorite
animal or plant photos taken at the Tennessee Aquarium or the
Chattanooga Zoo to: Janie Shipley, Tennessee Aquarium, P.O. Box
11048, Chattanooga, TN 37401. Or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos must be postmarked on or before June 15, 2003. There are
categories for adults (age 18 or older), youth (ages 12-17) or
children (age 11 or younger).
complete contest rules, list of prizes, suggested Chattanooga
itineraries and ticket prices visit www.tennesseeaquarium.org
Tennessee Aquarium inspires wonder and appreciation for the natural
world. Admission is $14 per adult and $7.50 per child, ages 3-12.
Each ticket purchased helps support Aquarium conservation programs.
The IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium. Ticket
prices are $7.75 per adult and $5.25 per child. Aquarium/IMAX
combo tickets are $18 for adults and $10.50 for children. Advance
tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org or by phone
at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the banks of the Tennessee
River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit organization. Open every
day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aquarium and IMAX are
accessible to people with disabilities. Members enjoy unlimited
visits and other benefits. Call 267-FISH to join.