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The King of Dinosaurs

Museum Presents Nature's Mating Games

Oct. 22, 2013
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Contact: Glenda Bogar
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Museum Presents Provocative Exhibition about Mating in the Animal Kingdom


Cleveland . . . The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is pleased to present the North American premiere of an exhibition that offers a provocative look at the birds and the bees. Nature's Mating Games: Beyond the Birds and the Bees examines the extraordinary world of reproduction in the animal kingdom. The exhibition is open from Oct. 26, 2013 through April 27, 2014. It is recommended for visitors ages 13 and older, due to graphic information and imagery.

Developed by the Natural History Museum, London, Nature's Mating Games: Beyond the Birds and the Bees is an unforgettable exhibition that leaves little to the imagination as it explores the wild science of seduction and mating. Created by museum curators, evolutionary biologists and animal behavior experts, the thought-provoking content is presented in an engaging way. Following its debut in London, the exhibition traveled to the Palais de la Découverte in Paris before making its way across the Atlantic.

The exhibition brings together astonishing photography, surprising film footage and nearly 90 Museum specimens, including specially commissioned taxidermy, to showcase the diverse mating strategies and tools used by plants and animals to pass their genes on to the next generation. Visitors will discover nature's most bizarre and intimate secrets. From shocking adaptations and odd courtship rituals to risky behaviors and deadly encounters, the exhibition exposes the truth about how animals reproduce.

Visitors will learn how females choose their partners and how males improve their powers of seduction. They will see how natural selection can lead to adaptation and evolution. Specimens and taxidermy showcase the diverse adaptations animals have evolved to get ahead in the mating game. These include snails that use love darts, animals that present dazzling displays and animals with enlarged or detachable reproductive organs.

In addition, the exhibition features live animal displays. An aquarium of guppies will illustrate how the males pass sperm packets to their mates using adapted fins. A colony of naked mole rats will demonstrate the unique social structure of these mammals and selective breeding techniques of the female queen.

Nature's Mating Games: Beyond the Birds and the Bees was created by the Natural History Museum, London. The Cleveland exhibition is sponsored by Medical Mutual of Ohio.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History receives public support with local tax dollars from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to preserve and enrich the region's artistic and cultural heritage.

Admission to the exhibit is $5 per person plus general admission. General admission fees are: $12 adults; $10 ages 3-18, college students with valid ID and seniors over age 60; free for children 2 and under. Shafran Planetarium shows are $4 with general admission.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is located at 1 Wade Oval Drive in University Circle, 15 minutes east of downtown Cleveland. www.cmnh.org

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