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Ladybird love lives and koala dating

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Darwin Centre Live events
at the Natural History Museum
Saturday 14 February 2004
Webcast live at

While humans are thinking of hearts and flowers the rest of the animal kingdom are getting on with what they do best – making more animals. Make a date with a difference at Darwin Centre Live this Valentine’s Day as we explore the dark and dangerous love lives of ladybirds and meet a koala matchmaker.

The Love Life of Ladybirds
Saturday 14 February, 12.00

Ladybird romance – it sounds like such a simple and pleasant affair. It isn't! Join us to explore the dark and dangerous romantic lives that these familiar garden insects really lead.

The Koala Dating Game
Saturday 14 February, 14.30

Breeding koalas in captivity is hard work. How do you persuade koala A to breed with koala B when all he really wants to do is get personal with koala C? Join a matchmaker and koala webcast live from San Diego Zoo to discover the scent secrets of koala perfume.

Darwin Centre Live at the Natural History Museum is a free programme of informal events where visitors can talk to scientists, hear more about their work at the Museum and around the world and see the fascinating specimens they work with. For further information please contact the Natural History Museum, by calling 0207 942 5000 or visit

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Event visitor information
Venue: Darwin Centre, the Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Date: Saturday 14 February 2004
Public enquiries: 020 7942 5000
Entry: free to all
Nearest tube: South Kensington

The Natural History Museum is open Monday - Saturday 10.00-17.50, Sunday-11.00-17.50
The Natural History Museum's public enquiries telephone number is 020 7942 5000
The Museum is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. For access details telephone 020 7942 5000
Entry to the Museum: FREE

To arrange interviews with any of the presenters, request images or further information, please contact:

Joanna Glyde or Chloe Kembery, Science Communications PR
Tel: 020 7942 5881/5881
Email: (not for publication)

Issued January 2004