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The Fleet Science Center presents Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, opening in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater on Friday, August 4, 2017.

A film from IMAX® and Warner Bros. Pictures. Narrated by Academy Award®-Winner Morgan Freeman

July 19, 2017

San Diego--Join the Fleet Science Center for a spectacular journey to a remote and wondrous world when the film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar opens in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater on Friday, August 4, 2017. The film is produced by IMAX® and Warner Bros. Pictures, and narrated by Academy Award®-winner Morgan Freeman.

The island of Madagascar is world-famous for its lemurs. These animals are unique to the island and display a range of interesting behaviors from singing like a whale to sashaying across the sand like a ballet dancer. Since arriving on the island as castaways millions of years ago, they've evolved into hundreds of diverse species of lemurs inhabiting virtually all of Madagascar's ecosystems, from beaches and tropical forests to high mountains and dry deserts. But lemurs are now also highly endangered.

The film highlights the tireless efforts of trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia C. Wright and her lifelong mission to help these strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world. Among the lemurs audiences will meet are the extremely rare Greater Bamboo lemur; the smallest primate in the world, the Mouse lemur; the well-known Ring-tailed lemur; and the delightful dancing Sifaka lemur.

"We hope Island of Lemurs: Madagascar will show people all over the world how special lemurs are-and how worthy they are of our admiration and protection," said film writer and producer, Drew Fellman.

"We're very excited to show Island of Lemurs: Madagascar here on the Giant Dome screen," said Steve Snyder, CEO of the Fleet Science Center. "Lemurs are amazing animals, and the themes of conservation and evolutionary biology are relevant to science learning today."

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, opens at the Fleet Science Center on Friday, August 4, 2017, with multiple shows daily. The documentary is rated G. For more information on Island of Lemurs, including show times, please visit: http://www.fleetscience.org/shows/island-lemurs-madagascar.

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Island of Lemurs is available for public screenings, school and group reservations or private screenings. For school or group reservations, please contact the Client Services Department at (619) 238-1233 ext. 806 or ClientServices@rhfleet.org.

If you would like to arrange a private screening of the film, please contact the Special Events Department at (619) 685-5729 or SpecialEvents@rhfleet.org. Tickets for public screenings are on sale now at the Fleet ticket counter and at www.fleetscience.org.

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Additional Links:

For more information on Island of Lemurs, visit:http://islandoflemurs.imax.com/site.html

For a current film schedule, please visit: http://www.fleetscience.org/shows/island-lemurs-madagascar

The film trailer is available to view on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Q_7cVyM8Efg

Press photos from Island of Lemurs are available here:  http://www.fleetscience.org/press-room/images/shows

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Media Interviews

To schedule a special press screening of Island of Lemurs or an interview with a representative from the film or the Fleet Science Center, please contact Fleet Science Center Public Relations Manager Nathan Young at 619-685-5743 or nyoung@rhfleet.org.

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FOR MEDIA ONLY:

You're Invited to the Premiere!

Members of the media are invited to join us for our premiere party for Island of Lemurs on Saturday, August 5, from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. We will have a reception from 6:15 to 7 p.m., with the premiere screening of the film beginning at 7 p.m. and a dessert reception immediately after the film at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served during both receptions.

If you and up to three guests (bring the whole family!) would like to attend the premiere party for Island of Lemurs, please RSVP via the Eventbrite link below. Space is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, July 31.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vip-party-for-island-of-lemurs-madagascar-tickets-36210109412

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About the Fleet Science Center:
The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet hosts school field trips, science workshops and educational camps. For adults, we offer events like Fleet Night of Science and community events, such as Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™. In the community, we also provide free neighborhood science events weekly through 52 Weeks of Science. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility.For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
 
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.