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BYU Bean Museum opens new "Into Africa" exhibit

Brigham Young University’s Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum invites the public to explore Africa in its  new exhibit, “Into Africa: Exploring Nature’s Interactions,” now on display

This exhibit is free and open to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to identify animals using the new iPad and iPhone app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. iPads will be available to check out for the exhibit for $3.

The “Into Africa” exhibit has been an entire year in the making and features hand-painted panoramic murals of the grand landscape of Africa completed by the exhibit’s graphic designer, Randal Baker, and several of his student employees.

Under the theme “Exploring Nature’s Interactions,” the exhibit takes a look at how all the different plants and animals interact with other groups and invites visitors to learn about the tropics, savannah and wetlands of Africa. Visitors will be able to see hippos, alligators and baboons. A large revolving exhibit of a lion pursuing a gazelle highlights the center of the exhibit.

“Species interactions occur in various ways,” said Patty Jones, administrative assistant at the Bean Museum. “Some are mutually beneficial; others come at the expense of one participant, while others are more or less neutral. This new exhibit highlights several interesting examples of species interactions in Africa.”

Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit mlbean.byu.edu or call (801) 422-5051.

Writer: Mel Gardner

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