The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

July 24, 2012

Political Animals to Invade Uptown Charlotte’s EpiCentre

“Scavenger Hunt” to capture Discovery Place tickets begins July 30

By Logan Stewart

— CHARLOTTE, NC – The campaign trail gets a little wilder this

summer when Discovery Place and the EpiCentre bring a nonpartisan

contest to Uptown Charlotte, offering a chance at victory for anyone

willing to get in the race.

Beginning July 30, a total of 24 specially-marked donkey

and elephant toy animals will be hidden throughout the EpiCentre and its

resident businesses.  Each ‘political animal’ will be redeemable for two

tickets to Discovery Place, including entry to the National Geographic

Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes exhibition, plus two tickets

to Discovery Place’s Charlotte Observer IMAX ® Dome Theatre to see polar

bears frolic in To The Arctic or the dinosaurs roar in Sea Rex...

(Note:  The IMAX tickets are not valid for The Dark Knight Rises.)

The scavenger hunt, open to the public, offers a game-changing

opportunity to get involved in the culture and excitement of Discovery

Place, one of the state’s most visited and beloved educational

destinations, while exploring the heart of the Democratic National

Convention’s host city.

“Animals have a rare view of the world, whether they are

penguins, sharks, sea lions, elephants, donkeys or any other creature.

The Crittercam exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see the

world the way animals do ” said John Mackay, president and CEO of

Discovery Place, Inc. “This scavenger hunt is an entertaining way for us

to let the public see the way we can combine fun, education and science

during the advent of the DNC in Charlotte.”

Showcasing the ongoing research of National Geographic’s

Crittercam, a scientific video- and data-gathering tool safely worn by

wild animals, the Crittercam exhibition at Discovery Place invites

visitors to see the world through animal eyes. Encompassing more than 20

years of scientific invention and research collaborations, /Crittercam/

has uncovered stunning insights into animal life. The exhibition will be

at Discovery Place through September 16.    

The twelve donkeys and twelve elephants will be secured in

hidden and visible locations throughout the EpiCentre and each will be

tagged with information about how to redeem the animal for Discovery

Place and IMAX tickets. To level the playing field, Discovery Place will

be offering daily social media clues on Facebook

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and Twitter (@discoveryplace <>).

The contest will continue until all 24 animals have been captured. For

more information call 704.372.6261 x300 or email


“As a longstanding partner in Charlotte’s arts and culture

scene, we are excited to be in the “epicenter” of national events that

will surround the region in the coming months,” said Mackay.  “And, if

you’re wondering what the odds of finding tickets are…well, I would

speculate that it will all come down to turnout.”

*About Discovery Place*

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place

provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in

the active exploration of science and nature.  The Museum brings

relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking

exhibitions, interactive educational programming and hands-on

activities. Nearly a half-million people from all over the United States

engage with Discovery Place and its IMAX Dome Theatre each year.

Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street.

Convenient parking is available in the Museum’s parking deck – the Carol

Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets.  For

more information about Discovery Place, call 704-372-6261, visit <>or connect with

Discovery Place on Facebook <>,

Twitter <>and YouTube


Discovery Place Inc. owns and operates Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature

Museum and Discovery Place KIDS and is supported, in part, with funding

from the Arts & Science Council.