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Georgia Aquarium provides an entertaining, engaging and educational experience inspiring stewardship in conservation, research and the appreciation for the animal world. Visit us at www.georgiaaquarium.org.



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Thursday
Sep182014

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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Tuesday
Sep092014

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.

Wednesday
Aug202014

Why We are Committed to Conserving Beluga Whales

August 20, 2014

Why We are Committed to Conserving and Protecting Beluga Whales

The belugas here at Georgia Aquarium are an admired favorite of our guests, young and old, and inspire the message of conservation to each person who sees them. But what about their wild counterparts? As a leading conservation and research facility, Georgia Aquarium is proud of its role in the zoological community to conserve animals globally. We know the importance of animals in human care and the knowledge we are able to gain from them to better protect them. We encourage you to read the important and educational note below from our very own President and Chief Operating Officer, David Kimmel, as he talks on the efforts of our Beluga Conservation Program and the possible future of this magnificent species globally:

The beluga whales at Georgia Aquarium are beloved by our guests, staff and volunteers. These snowy white marine mammals with chirpy vocals and a soft, melon-shaped head have awakened millions of our guests to the plight of this Arctic species. The reality is that few, if any, of our more than 21 million visitors since 2005 would even know what a beluga whale looked like if not for experiencing them at Georgia Aquarium. As one of only six accredited zoological facilities caring for belugas in the U.S., guest engagement and education are obligations we take very seriously.

When guests see our belugas their eyes light up with curiosity and awe. They want to know such things as “How do they live under ice?” “Why are they white?” “Why are they called canaries of the sea?” We teach them through experiences and educational information that raises awareness to the fact that these wonderful animals are facing increasing threats in nature. Belugas in the wild are up against many challenges, including loss of food sources due to water temperature changes, and exposure to increased disturbance due to more shipping traffic and oil exploration in the Arctic. We are doing everything we can to help.

Supporting belugas globally
We are committed to saving beluga whales through the knowledge gained by having them in expert human care and through engaging the public in conservation efforts.

Research is critical to understanding beluga whales. Having them in accredited aquariums is an essential piece to the research puzzle. Because they live in remote places and spend most of their lives in the high Arctic, it is hard to study them in the wild. There are also studies that simply cannot be conducted on animals in the field. We need data from what we are learning through observation and research in aquariums.  

For example, with our belugas we can measure how food translates to energy, providing a formula to determine how much food belugas need to be healthy. Only by knowing how much fish belugas need can we know how much fish can be safely harvested from the ocean. This data informs regulatory agencies, like one of our partners National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries’ (NOAA Fisheries), how to best protect populations from overfishing. 

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