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The Life Of Mammals - special BBC exhibition to visit At-Bristol from 16 to 19 January 2003

Looking for something fun to do with the kids after they have got tired of their Christmas presents?

David Attenborough's landmark television series The Life of Mammals is visiting Bristol from 16 to 19 January 2003, in the form of a special BBC wildlife exhibition.

The Life of Mammals Touring Exhibition will visit the At-Bristol as part of a national tour which started at London's Natural History Museum in early January 2002.

Suitable for all ages, the exhibition will give budding young Attenboroughs a chance to see behind the scenes of BBC wildlife filming.

It's also an opportunity to discover fascinating facts about mammal behaviour and find out just where humans fit in amongst the diversity that exists in world of the warm-blooded.

Visitors will find themselves on a journey, along which the five senses – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch – are brought to life through exciting hands-on exhibits and activities.

Sight – the centrepiece of the exhibition is a true to life mock-up of a cameraman's hide where visitors can take a sneaky peek to see what's being filmed.

They can also have a go at editing together actual shots from the series and seeing, if only for the day, their own name in the credits.

Sound – visitors enter the SoundSphere, an inflatable interactive hemisphere, and are emersed in the acoustic world of nature - a British woodland, the African Savannah, or the deep ocean.

Hear the call of a distant bat, chimp, or whale, then move towards it for a close-up encounter where the voice of David Attenborough tells incredible stories about the animals' lives - an unforgettable acoustic experience.

Smell – here, visitors are encouraged to take a big sniff to discover just how important smell is.

They’ll see that a horrible pong to one mammal might be a fragrant rose to the nose of another!

Taste – diet has had one of the greatest evolutionary effects on mammalian diversity.

Visitors discover why this is and just how food can bring about changes in physical attributes and behaviour.

Touch – from cuddly fur and downy fluff to rubber-like blubber and armour-like scales, mammal coverings certainly come in many wondrous varieties.

This exhibit gets all touchy-feeley and lets visitor compare their own skin with that of their warm-blooded cousins.

The tour also gives a unique, behind-the-scenes look at how this captivating series was made - with talks from the programme-makers; mammal workshops; the chance to view previously unseen footage; plus opportunities to get interactive with BBCi through the web and digital TV.

Notes to Editors

For more details about the exhibition, contact the BBC on 0845 30 40 333 or visit Lines are open from 7.30am to midnight seven days a week, calls are charged at the local rate.

At-Bristol is located at Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol.

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The Life of Mammals Touring Exhibition is located within the WildWalk Natural History Exhibition which is described as "a living forest within the heart of the city".

Saturday 18 January is free entry day to everyone for both exhibitions.

Thursday 16, Friday 17 and Sunday 19 January, combined entry to both exhibitions is: £6.50 for adults; £4.50 children; £5.50 concession.



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