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Alligator adventure.

A breathtaking new exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson is taking visitors directly into the world of the American alligator through the Jells of renowned nature photographer C.C. Lockwood.

Lockwood traveled the Gulf Coast to study the alligator in its natural habitat. He also followed biologists through wetland refuges, visited tourist attractions and theme parks, and toured alligator farms and meat processors. The result is a photo gallery filled with rarely seen images of newly hatched alligators still bearing egg teeth, mothers cavorting with their young, nine-foot alligators confronting the camera, and females defending their nests. Museum visitors will feel that they're close to the action as scientists tag alligators for research and trappers pursue aggressive or displaced reptiles.

After viewing the photographs, visitors can check out the real thing--live Mississippi alligators are housed in the museum's permanent "Swamp" exhibit, a 1,700-square-foot greenhouse containing native plants and dozens of water-loving species.

The Alligator Exhibit will be open through January 24, 2005. The museum is located within LeFleur's Bluff State Park, 2148 Riverside Dr., Jackson; hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit sponsors are Merrill Lynch and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation. Call 601/354-7303 for additional information.
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Publication:Mississippi Magazine
Date:Nov 1, 2004
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