Aquarium of the Bay previewing new animals

March 10, 2009 10:34:38 AM PDT
San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay will give a preview Saturday of two new creatures featured at next month's opening of its first exhibit of land animals.

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From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., aquarium visitors will be able to view two shelled critters, the western pond turtle, which lives in both water and on land, and the cherry-headed red-legged tortoise, which lives only on land.

The creatures' habitats are considered in jeopardy from activities such as human development and deforestation, or from invasive species.

The aquarium, located on the Bay waterfront, will have the grand opening of three new exhibits -- the giant Pacific octopus, jellies, and a climate change exhibit featuring the land-dwelling animals -- on April 4.

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