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Atlanta, GA

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St. Augustine, FL

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Sea Otter Awareness Week: Preventive Health Care

September 24, 2014

Sea Otter Awareness Week: Preventive Health Care Efforts 

Written by: Anslee Schroeder, 
Digital Media Specialist

It’s officially Sea Otter Awareness Week! From September 21 to 27, Georgia Aquarium is joining aquariums and organizations from around the nation to not only celebrate these charismatic mammals, but to also bring awareness to their unfortunate “endangered” status.

Throughout the week, we will be hosting a variety of educational activities and special trainer sessions onsite for our guests, but today through this blog, we want to share with you more insight to the care we provide for this precious species and what we have learned from them in our care.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with our Director of Animal Health, Dr. Tonya Clauss, and dive deeper into to the preventative health and devoted care our sea otters, as well as all Aquarium animals, receive on a daily basis.

Currently in our care, we house five very lively and playful Southern sea otters: Grazie, Oz, Cruz, Bixby and Brighton. When we first opened our doors in 2005, Dr. Clauss was present along with the first two otters at Georgia Aquarium, Gracie and Oz. A few years later in 2010, Georgia Aquarium adopted three juvenile otters through our 4R Program, two who were orphaned and the third that was stranded and suffered from a parasitic infection. By working with partner groups and Research Conservation programs, we were able to aid in the rescue of the sea otter pups and rehabilitate them back to health. These three otters today are known as Bixby, Cruz and Brighton.

Dr. Clauss with rescued sea otter pup, Cruz, in 2010.

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Top 5 Reasons We’re Excited about Sea Otter Awareness Week

September 19, 2014

Top 5 Reasons We’re Excited about Sea Otter Awareness Week

With our Sea Otter Awareness Week celebration around the corner, Sept. 21 – 27, we are bringing you our Top 5 Reasons we’re looking forward to it! This nationally-recognized week is all about raising awareness for sea otters and the multiple conservation issues they face in their natural habitat.

Our celebration is packed with fun events for all, and we hope you will join us! Read more below to find out why we’re so excited:

1. Week Full of Family-Fun Activities.
There is so much to do at the Aquarium during our Sea Otter Awareness Week celebration! Test your knowledge of sea otters at our education stations or pick up a few fun facts to share. If you’re looking to get crafty, come on the weekends and create your own sea otter puppet with us. All of our activities are included with your Total Ticket Admission ticket, so join us for some fun!

2. Meet Our Otters.
Our furry friends are also excited for Sea Otter Awareness Week; after all, it is their week! Here at Georgia Aquarium we have 5 friendly otters, all with unique stories. Have you met otter Gracie yet? She has been with us for a while and would love to meet you! You can read her bio here or stop by out Sea Otter Exhibit for a chance to see her in person. Also, tune in to our Facebook page to learn more about these creatures throughout the week!

Meet Gracie

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Jim Maddy of AZA on the Importance of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums

September 10, 2014

Jim Maddy of AZA on the Importance of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums

Jim Maddy, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, talks about the importance of accredited zoos and aquariums, and the tremendous role they play in animal care and conservation.

This video was originally created to run before our AT&T Dolphin Tales Show here at the Aquarium, but we think the facts shared by Jim are too important not to share with everyone who may not have had the chance to come visit us yet and learn firsthand how the work we do has a positive impact on animals everywhere.