Amazing Family Entertainment in World Class Aquariums
The new Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will educate, inspire and entertain thousands of Canadians and visitors to Canada when it opens in the summer of 2013. The main attraction will be thousands of marine animals who will soon be calling Toronto home. It is our job is to ensure these creatures are welcomed and cared for in a way that meets the highest animal-welfare standards in the world.
Both existing Ripley aquariums (Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tenn.) are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the organization responsible for setting and maintaining the world’s most rigorous animal-welfare standards. Once completed and in full operation, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will seek full accreditation from both AZA and the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).
Ripley’s aquariums have a long and distinguished record of service in conservation programs. They collaborate regularly with government agencies and volunteer organizations in work aimed at the preservation of species throughout the US and Canada and in many other countries around the world.
When a facility goes through the AZA accreditation process, it must meet mandatory standards for animal care and welfare; science-based education; visitor and employee safety; and wildlife conservation.
Part of the accreditation process involves a careful review of how the Ripley’s Aquarium team brings together the animals that will be living in the aquarium. While we do from time to time participate in the collection of animals, including sharks, it is a highly controlled and regulated process – carried out by exceptionally trained individuals
With the example of Sand Tiger Sharks, displaying them helps share the conservation message. Visitors have the chance to experience sharks up-close and learn about their beauty and value in nature. Ripley’s Aquariums follow the science-based management measures that were created to help rebuild the Sand Tiger Sharks to sustainable levels. Part of that process is that the US government allows limited sustainable collection of Sand Tiger Sharks for aquarium public and educational display that is based on conservation messages.
Once in the aquarium, these animals participate in breeding/conservation programs for endangered species, including ongoing tagging and tracking programs for Sand Tiger Sharks in conjunction with universities and government agencies. We then offer programs to provide students and guests with an exciting interactive educational experience that is designed to meet the curriculum standards set forth by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Our goal is to provide students with a deeper understanding of why it is important to protect and conserve our aquatic environment.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is about fish, family and fun, education and entertainment — along with an unwavering commitment to conservation and animal welfare. We are proud of our programs and look forward to bringing an entertaining and educational experience to Toronto – and Canada – in 2013. Learn More >