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Editors note: A complete schedule of opening day activities follows

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Travel into the rainforest beginning Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibit, “Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches.”

Opening day activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. include various hands-on learning and crafts for children, story time with the Alachua County Library District and a presentation on Amazonian indigenous peoples.

Children can compare household tools to mouths of fish to understand adaptations for different diets and feeding methods, learn how imprint fossils develop, make a piranha rubbing and create a masterpiece on the wall with art from the “Amazon Voyage” exhibit.

This family-friendly exhibit features seven ports of call along the most biologically diverse river in the world, the Amazon. Encounter amazing creatures including notorious piranhas, enormous anacondas, beautiful stingrays and mysterious pink dolphins. Visitors may investigate the region’s incredible biodiversity through hands-on activities, original artifacts and live fish in uniquely designed tanks, as well as participate in a celebration of the Amazon River.

The museum’s Butterfly Rainforest exhibit also is featuring an increased number of butterflies from the Amazon region to complement “Amazon Voyage.”

“Amazon Voyage” admission is $8 for adults ($7 Fla. residents) and $5.50 for children ages 3-12. Museum members are admitted free! Combo rates are available for both exhibits. For more information, visit or call 352-846-2000.

“Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches” was created by the Miami Science Museum and made possible with support from the National Science Foundation. The Florida Museum will display “Amazon Voyage” through Jan. 17, 2010.

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“Amazon Voyage” Opening Day Activities — Oct. 3

Mouths and Tools (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Compare household tools to mouths of fish to understand adaptations for different diets and feeding methods in this matching game for all ages.

Amazon Touch Table (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Learn how imprint fossils develop and make your own piranha rubbing. This table will also feature preserved specimens, a piranha skeleton and anthropological artifacts and replicas.

Amazon Shadow Art (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Create a masterpiece on our wall with this fun art project featuring art from the Amazon Voyages exhibit.

Amazon Patchwork: The River, the Forest and the People (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.)
Join Simone Athayde to learn more about Brazilian Amazonian indigenous peoples’ lifestyles, linkages with rivers and forests and current challenges for keeping their cultural identity and control over their natural resources and territories.

Story Time with the Alachua County Library District (11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 1 p.m.)
Join Diane Colson with the Alachua County Library District in the Central Gallery for story time.

Visit the following tables for more information about the Amazon:
– The Center for Latin American Studies
– Alachua County Library
– Latin American Ethnography Collection

Writer: Lauren Churchwell
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,

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