Renovated Toledo Aquarium Ready For Grand Opening

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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toledo zooAfter two and half years of waiting, the renovated Toledo Aquarium will be opening on March 27, 2015.  Nearly 26 million dollars was spent in the process. When the aquarium was closed for renovations, it held a respectable 46,000 gallons. Today it holds a whopping 178,000 gallons and includes interactive exhibits for visitors, like the Touch Tank and Ocean Lab. The largest exhibit, the reef tank, has gone from 7600 gallons to 90,000 gallons. This amazing transformation inside the aquarium has not effected the exterior of this historic 1939 Works Progress Administration (WPA) building. The outside of the building remains largely unchanged, with only the entrance changing location, with the renovation making very good use of what was previously unused space. Highlights of new exhibits include a South American Amazon Ecosystem, Gulf of Mexico Exhibit, Flooded Forests, Kelp Forests, Electric Eels and Deep Sea Creatures. Excited to add this to my list of must see Aquariums for 2015.

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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