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February 17, 2006 23:59 ET

Canadian Museum of Nature Announces $2-Million Contribution for New Fossil Gallery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 17, 2006) - The Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences, announced today a $2-million contribution from Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM) (NYSE:TLM) to support the development of a new fossil gallery, scheduled to open in October 2006 at the Museum's downtown Ottawa location.

With this announcement, Nature has now reached 67% of the $10-million goal for its Natural Partnerships fundraising campaign to support new galleries and associated national programmes and activities.

The new 10 000 square-foot gallery, to be named the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery, will be among the best in North America with more than 300 specimens and two life-like dioramas, one featuring seven dinosaurs locked in a dramatic confrontation. The gallery will explore the theme of environmental change and will focus on the period from 85- to 35-million years ago, during which an asteroid collided with the Earth, dinosaurs became extinct, mammals began to evolve and thrive, and dramatic climatic changes were shaping the planet.

"It's an exciting time for the Canadian Museum of Nature. With the support from Talisman Energy Inc., we are taking a large step forward in fulfilling our vision of connecting people with nature," says Joanne DiCosimo, President and CEO of Nature. "The new fossil gallery is one of a number of our national projects aimed at helping Canadians better understand how the environment has shaped life on the planet, both in the past and the present."

The Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery will be unveiled inside the newly renovated west wing of the Victoria Memorial Museum Building, the public exhibition site for the Canadian Museum of Nature. Extensive renovations to this national historic site began in spring 2004 and will continue in phases until 2009. The rehabilitated building will provide a much-needed, modernized showcase with new infrastructure and environmental controls, providing Nature with a springboard for its national programmes linked to new galleries. For more information, visit nature.ca/reno.

"Talisman Energy Inc. is pleased to support the Canadian Museum of Nature's new fossil gallery," says Dr. Jim Buckee, President and CEO of Talisman. "We're excited to be part of the Museum's renewal and its innovative approach to presenting current, objective scientific information about environmental change to the public."

Talisman Energy Inc. is a large, independent oil and gas producer with operations in Canada and, through its subsidiaries, the North Sea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, Algeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and the United States. Talisman's subsidiaries also conduct business in Colombia, Qatar, Peru, Romania and Gabon. Talisman has adopted the International Code of Ethics for Canadian Business and is committed to maintaining high standards of excellence in corporate citizenship and social and environmental responsibility wherever its business is conducted. The company is a participant in the United Nations Global Compact, a voluntary initiative that brings together companies, governments, civil society and other groups to advance human rights, labour and environmental principles. Talisman's shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada and the New York Stock Exchange in the United States under the symbol TLM.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is a Crown corporation and Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. It promotes awareness of Canada's natural heritage through permanent and travelling exhibitions, public education programmes, active scientific research and the maintenance of a 10-million-specimen collection. A founding member of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, the Museum is working with partners to enhance its national role and to develop national programmes and activities on themes of environmental change over time.

For a rendering of the planned new fossil gallery please go to the following link: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/217TLM_pic.jpg.

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  • The Canadian Museum of Nature
    Dan Smythe
    Senior Media Relations Officer
    (613) 566-4781 or 1-800-263-4433
    Email: dsmythe@mus-nature.ca