Vancouver Aquarium Named One of the World’s Best Aquariums

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Last week the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre was named a winner of TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards, earning the title of one of the world’s best aquariums by the travel website’s reviewers. The Vancouver Aquarium earned the same recognition in 2014.

More than 35 million people have visited the Aquarium since it opened in beautiful Stanley Park in 1956. Today, more than 1,500 staff and volunteers work to effect aquatic conservation by engaging visitors and supporters year-round.

The Vancouver Aquarium is home to more than 50,000 animals and is known for its world-class animal care, rescue and rehabilitation efforts, and education programs that work hard to effect positive change through display, communication, education and public programming, research and direct action.

There are a number of species at the Vancouver Aquarium that are under threat or endangered in the wild, including the African penguins. The penguins on display at the Vancouver Aquarium are ambassadors for their species, which has dropped 90 percent since the early 1900s.

Beluga whales, too, are a species facing great challenges. Belugas are under threat in Canada’s Arctic, and under grave threat in the St. Lawrence Estuary. Over a decade ago, the Vancouver Aquarium turned its focus to Canada’s Arctic as an area in need of greater research, awareness and protection. With the massive changes we are seeing in this region as a result of climate change, there is no greater time to emphasize the need for conservation efforts.

For more information about the Vancouver Aquarium, click here. For a full list of Travelers’ Choice Award winners, click here.

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