Rio Cristal Zinc Corporation
TSX VENTURE : RCZ

Rio Cristal Zinc Corporation

April 30, 2009 13:35 ET

Rio Cristal Zinc Awards Stock Options

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and LIMA, PERU--(Marketwire - April 30, 2009) -

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Rio Cristal Zinc Corporation (TSX VENTURE:RCZ) ("RCZ" or the "Company") announces that 300,000 incentive stock options have been granted to Thomas Findley, President and CEO of RCZ, on April 30, 2009, pursuant to the Company's Stock Option Plan. The 5 year options were issued at a price of C$0.06 per option, the price at the close on April 29, 2009. Vesting is over two years - one third immediately, one third in 12 months and one third in 24 months after the date of grant.

About Rio Cristal Zinc Corporation

Rio Cristal Zinc is a Canadian corporation focused on the discovery and further development of zinc deposits in Peru. The principal asset of RCZ is the Charlotte Bongara claim block located in northern Peru within an emerging Mississippi Valley-type zinc district. Additional information can be found on the Company's website, www.riocristalzinc.com.

This news release includes certain "forward-looking statements" under applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential exploration results, future plans and objectives of the Company are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future results, events and objectives could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Rio Cristal's expectations include exploration and other risks detailed from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities in the United States. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act") or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to U.S. Persons unless registered under the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or an exemption from such registration is available.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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