VANCOUVER AQUARIUM CELEBRATES ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY AFTER REOPENING TO THE PUBLIC
VANCOUVER, BC, August 22, 2022 /CNW/ – This month, the Vancouver Aquarium celebrates its one-year anniversary of reopening to the public after pandemic-related financial difficulties forced the Aquarium to close in September 2020.
The Aquarium’s future was secured when attractions industry leader and tour operator Herschend Enterprises acquired the Aquarium in April 2021and reopened it to the public in August 2021. Herschend Enterprises is the parent company of a family of brands with more than 70 years of expertise in attraction operations, including several Association of Zoos & Aquariums accredited aquariums and world-renowned entertainment brands.
“The Aquarium is a Vancouver institution, and we’re building on its heritage as a renowned animal care and rescue facility, a place of education and one of British Columbia’s most iconic tourist attractions,” said Eric Rose, Senior Vice President of Herschend Enterprises Zoological Advancement. “This past year, we have reinforced our commitments to tireless animal care, conservation, education, the community and our team, reflected in our capital improvement projects and staff bonuses. The reopening of the facility has been a significant undertaking, and we’ve had a successful year. , with hundreds of thousands of visitors expected by the end of 2022, and improvements throughout the facility. Our customer surveys have been overwhelmingly positive, thanks to the tireless work of our exceptional Aquarium staff.
To thank employees for their hard work and dedication, the Aquarium awarded all employees a $500 bonus earlier this year.
The Aquarium is one of British Columbia’s premier tourism and event destinations, anticipating hundreds of thousands of visitors in 2022. As part of its mission over the past year, the Aquarium has hosted numerous groups venues across Metro Vancouver, delivering immersive experiences that educated guests. about marine life, especially the life found closer to home along the British Columbia coast. The Aquarium also strives to create an inclusive community by hosting sensory events and partnering with Canucks Autism and its employment and skills training program, through which the Aquarium recruited three of the program’s students to an internship.
At the same time, the Aquarium also continued its 60-year history of rescuing marine mammals along the BC coast through the Marine Mammal Rescue Center. Herschend Enterprise’s investment has enabled the rescue center to continue its mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing marine mammals into the wild.
“We are having another successful rescue season, with 83 seals, 2 sea lions and 1 porpoise rescued so far this year,” said Clint Wright, general manager of the Vancouver Aquarium. “The number of patients at the rescue center this year underscores the importance of having stable, long-term funding that allows the aquarium to ensure the welfare of the animals in its care and in the wild. “
The rescue center is the only facility of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in the world. Rescue center patients receive state-of-the-art care, including close monitoring by the rescue center veterinary team. The rescue center is equipped to perform on-site rehabilitation of seals, sea lions, sea otters, sea turtles and small cetaceans, such as the harbor porpoise. The rescue center team also responds to off-site marine mammal emergencies, including disentangling sea lions in the wild. Each year, the Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases more than 150 marine mammals.
Since opening in 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium has connected more than 40 million people around the world to our oceans and inspired them to take action to address major threats. Located in Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is home to hundreds of incredible species. The Vancouver Aquarium is a fully accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA), from Canada Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) and Humane Conservation Certified by American Humane.
Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Center
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver and supported by Teekay Shipping, is a hospital for sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals. The rescue center rescues stranded marine mammals and rehabilitates them to release them into their natural habitat.
If you see a stranded marine mammal, stay away from it and keep pets away. Please call the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Center at 604.258.SEAL (7325) for immediate assistance.
For further information: Todd Hauptman, Communications Manager, [email protected]604-376-2252