Vancouver Aquarium Unveils 45 Million Dollar Expansion

by | Jun 22, 2014 | Equipment, Fish, Tanks | 0 comments

I began by public aquarium career at the Vancouver Aquarium where I worked as an aquarist for over 7 years. So, I am eager to see what the 58 year old Vancouver Aquarium has in store after it’s 45 million dollar renovation. As Canada’s largest and first public aquarium, it has lead the way for public aquariums. The aquarium has a notable history, including being the first aquarium in the World to capture and display an Orca. This past Friday the Aquarium unveiled the work of the expansion, including its new entrance, 360 degree wrap-around screens that vancouverdisplay pictures of the Worlds’ Oceans, and a large globe that has been positioned so that visitors can see Canada more easily. Updates were made to the Clownfish Cove children’s area which include an animal rescue center and underwater tunnels.New species have been added to the Tropical gallery, including a pig nosed turtle. The aquarium has also included some green aspects, including rainwater toilets and more energy efficient heating and cooling. MORE

  • Francis Yupangco

    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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