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A Night at IMAX with Wildlife Conservationist Jeff Corwin May 20th
The Galapagos Islands top many nature-loversa bucket lists. Straddling the Equator in the midst of the Pacific Ocean, this volcanic island chain is a paradise unlike any other a home to some 9,000 species.
On Tuesday, May 20th, Chattanoogans will be able to witness the splendor of this remote and rugged destination with an experienced guide. Wildlife conservationist and Emmy Award-winning TV host Jeff Corwin will host a premiere screening of Galapagos 3D: Natureas Wonderland at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater.
"I was thrilled to provide the narration for this amazing project," said Corwin. "It literally took my breath away. Despite traveling the world for 20 years hosting and creating documentaries, I was thoroughly impressed with this incredible film."
Scientists flock to this biodiversity hotspot to study how curious plants and animals have adapted to thrive over millions of years in relative isolation. Filmmakers used cutting-edge cameras to fill the six-story screen with a bevy of fascinating creatures. Viewers will see massive half-ton tortoises that lumber among flocks of dancing blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants. Penguins, living thousands of miles from their natural habitats, share the seas with unique marine iguanas that spit sea-salt.
"There are not too many places more powerful than the Galapagos Islands when it comes to understanding our planet," said Corwin. "Galapagos 3D: Natureas Wonderland perfectly captures what makes the creatures living there such unique characters."
Throughout his career, Corwin has been a leading voice for conservation. His informative and entertaining television programs have reached millions of people with vital messages about the challenges facing our planet. In this case, how the natural treasures of the Galapagos need to be seen and understood.
"We think of the Galapagos as a resilient community because it has withstood the test of time for millions of years," said Corwin. "But it is still a delicate environment and, in the 21st century, it faces many significant pressures from the effects of a changing climate, habitat loss, pollution and the unsustainable harvesting of natural resources."
Corwin's appearance in Chattanooga will help support the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Instituteas (TNACI) freshwater conservation initiatives. Similar to the Galapagos Islands, the Southeast's geography, climate and abundant natural resources set the stage over time for an amazing array of animals and plants to thrive.
"We live in the middle of an underwater rainforest," said Dr. Anna George, TNACI director. "More than half of the freshwater fish species found in the United States live in the Southeast. Our rivers and streams also contain 90 percent of all freshwater mussels, 70 percent of all turtle species and 60 percent of all salamanders found in the United States. Like the Galapagos Islands, we live in one of the worldas great biodiversity hotspots and we are working to build a more resilient ecosystem to protect the freshwater species living in our backyard."
Corwin will introduce Galapagos 3D: Natureas Wonderland at 6pm on Tuesday, May 20th. After the premiere screening, he will entertain questions about his experiences in the Galapagos and his efforts to study and protect wildlife around the world. aI hope that this film will inspire a new generation to become good stewards of this delicate planet.a
Tickets to this special evening at IMAX with Jeff Corwin are $15 for Aquarium members and $20 for non-members. To purchase tickets online go here.
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UNDATED (AP) -- Don't know if Lord (LORD) is into baseball. But apparently baseball is into her -- or at least fans of the two teams in the World Series are wrapped up her music. The New Zealand pop star's biggest hit is "Royals" -- and, of course, the Kansas City Royals playing the San Francisco Giants in the series. Two radio stations in San Francisco say they wouldn't play "Royals" while the baseball championship is going on. In response, a station in Kansas City, Missouri said it would play the song every hour most of today. Game One of the series is tonight.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Dr. Nancy Snyderman may not have caught Ebola. But she is sure catching flak for the way she handled her quarantine after returning to the U.S. from Liberia, where her cameraman contracted the disease. More than a-thousand people have posted notes on her Facebook page, saying she should retire -- or that NBC should fire her as medical correspondent. The reason: Snyderman and members of her crew ducked out from their voluntary quarantine to grab some takeout from a New Jersey restaurant. After she was spotted in public, New Jersey health officials made the quarantine mandatory. NBC hasn't commented on her situation. But many Facebook posters have -- saying they feel Synderman's credibility as a medical pro is shot.
AP Entertainment editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports reaction to Dr. Nancy Snyderman's breaking an Ebola-related quarantine has drawn flak online.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jimmy Fallon says his daughter inspired him to write a book. The "Tonight Show" host has teamed up with Feiwel and Friends for a picture book titled "Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada." The book is due out in June. By the way, Fallon's daughter Winnie Rose has spoken her first word. It was "Mama."
MONICA LEWINSKY-INTERNET BULLYING
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Internet was a relative newbie when Monica Lewinsky first was burned into the national consciousness. And she says she considers herself the first person whose character was nearly killed by what was written about her online. Now, the former White House intern whose trysts with Bill Clinton nearly ended his presidency says she was "patient zero" when it came to cyberbullying. Lewinsky is now 41 -- and says there needs to be a cultural revolution to end what she calls the "compassion deficit" that feeds online hostility.
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