Media Release: Antarctic explorer in Glasgow Science Centre teleport challenge!

ON April 1st,  Professor Hildeberg is to be teleported to Glasgow Science Centre, to check arrangements for the arrival of his unique hibernating zoo on May 7th.

Professor Hildeberg’s Hibernating Antarctic Zoo is currently en-route from Antarctica, with support from Creative Scotland and European partners, and will be premiered at GSC before hitting the road.

Renowned naturalist and explorer, Prof. Hildeberg has made it his life’s work to locate and protect rare species in hostile climates.

His expeditions have led him to discover creatures occupying habitats so remote, with such extreme temperatures, that they have never before been seen by mankind.

The audience experience will include a AV documentary experience, Health and Safety induction procedure involving ponchos, and the opportunity to examine the sleeping exhibits in their temperature controlled environments.

The zoo tours will take place from 10.15-15:00pm and will be situated on the Clyde Terrace adjacent to the Science Centre.

This is a free event but tickets must be booked ahead of the tour.

Dr Robin Hoyle, director of Science at GSC, said:

“I’m looking forward to meeting the Professor when he teleports in to inspect the site this April 1st.

“It’s a real coup for GSC and Scotland that the Professor has accepted Glasgow as the venue for his world premiere, before the exhibition moves south to other venues in the UK and European mainland.

“We’re delighted to be the first venue to showcase this unique opportunity for the public to experience first-hand the wonders of Antarctica and facilitate scientific and artistic exploration.”

“This free event is bound to be popular and what better way to spend a bank holiday than exploring a comical Antarctic hibernating zoo.”

Ian Smith, artistic director of Mischief La-Bas, said:

“We are really excited about organising the tour for Professor Hildeberg, and honoured that we will be responsible for providing the first opportunity to see such wonders as hibernating Sealbats and Antarctic Hedgehogs.”

“It’s going to be a great day for all the family, and something that should linger in the public imagination for years to come. It certainly makes a change for us to be involved in something serious and scientifically valid, rather than the humorous nonsense we are perhaps renowned for.”

On 1 April, Professor Hildeberg and his glamorous senior assistant, Gretchen, will be doing a teaser teleportation experiment in GSC ahead of the zoo’s visit on May 7.

The teleportation will give the public a taste of what’s to come and will provide a sneak peek of the wacky professor and his sidekick!

There will be live commentary, Antarctic video links and lots of laughs! This will take place at 12:30 in the Auditorium.



For further information please contact PR and Marketing Executive, Rachel MacBeath 0141 420 5010 ext 303 or via

• Glasgow Science Centre is an educational charity whose mission is to promote science through thought provoking, fun and exciting experiences that inspire all to explore and understand the world around them.
• For more information on the zoo please see attached document
• On April 1at the launch Professor Hildeburg will be available for press interviews and photos. This will take place at 12:30 in the GSC Auditorium.
• For ticket enquiries please call 0141 420 5010.

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