Labor Day the Last Day to Visit Madagascar Journey at the South Carolina Aquarium

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Final Chance to See Critically Endangered Lemurs in South Carolina

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August 31, 2016 — It’s the last chance to see the exotic animals of Madagascar right here in the Lowcountry. The South Carolina Aquarium Madagascar Journey exhibit will close to the public on September 6, 2016 after a four-year run. There are only a few days left to see critically endangered red ruffed lemurs and spider tortoises, as well as a Nile crocodile, geckos, a panther chameleon and all their friends that call the island of Madagascar home.

From now until Labor Day, visitors can become immersed in this distant land and explore four unique habitats found in the world’s most biodiverse island. As guests enter Madagascar Journey, they will feel as if they have arrived in the city center, where vendors sell vanilla and other local produce. A Travel Stand offers special Madagascar passports so visitors can head out on an eco-tour starting in the spiny forest. Guests will pass through three more habitats featuring an array of endemic species such as the panther chameleon, mantella frog, northern spider tortoise, giant hognose snake and of course, two red ruffed lemurs. Additionally, the exhibit features an interactive baobab tree, a life-size safari Jeep and Mini-gascar, a toddler play area. Guests will walk away feeling they have traveled to the island and back in a day!

Madagascar Journey is closing to make way for a state-of-the-art exhibit that will focus on endangered and threatened sea turtles. Slated to open spring 2017, Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery™ will serve as a living, interactive learning landscape. It will present the remarkable journey from rescue, to rehabilitation, to release that each of our patients experiences, establishing the Aquarium as a powerful educational presenter of sea turtle conservation on the East Coast.

For more information, visit scaquarium.org or call (843) 577-FISH (3474).

Fast Facts:

  • Madagascar Journey closes to the public Sept. 6, 2016.
  • The temporary exhibit has been at the Aquarium for four years.
  • Guests have from now until Labor Day to see red ruffed lemurs, tortoises, a crocodile, geckos, a chameleon and more.
  • Madagascar Journey is closing to make way for Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery™.
  • For more information, visit scaquarium.org or call (843) 577-FISH (3474).

For all media inquiries, please contact Kate Dittloff at (843) 579-8660 or kdittloff(at)scaquarium(dot)org.

About the South Carolina Aquarium:
The South Carolina Aquarium features thousands of amazing aquatic animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles in more than 60 exhibits representing the rich biodiversity of South Carolina from the mountains to the sea. Dedicated to promoting education and conservation, the Aquarium also presents fabulous views of the Charleston Harbor and interactive exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages.

The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4 p.m.) The Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving Day, half day Dec. 24 (open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Dec. 25. Admission prices are: Toddlers (2 and under) free; Youth (3-12) $17.95; Adults (13+) $24.95. The Aquarium plus the 4-D Theater experience is free for Toddlers, $22.95 for Children, $29.95 for Adults. The 4-D Theater experience only is $6.95 for Children and Adults and free for Members. For more information, call (843) 577-FISH (3474) or visit scaquarium.org.

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