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Santa Takes the Plunge at Ripley’s Aquarium

St. Nick makes his first dive of the season at Canada’s largest indoor aquarium

TORONTO, ON – November 26, 2015 – He’s making a list and checking it twice before he arrives tomorrow to find out which stingrays have been naughty or nice. Join Santa and his merry elves as they dive into Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada this holiday season for daily underwater feedings at Ray Bay.

Media are invited to attend Santa’s first dive of the season on November 27 at 3:15 pm. Starting on December 1st, Christmas Dives will take place daily at 3:15 pm and will increase to 5 times per day from December 19th until Christmas Eve (11:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:15 pm, 5:15 pm and 7:15 pm).

Who: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Where: 288 Bremner Blvd.
When: November 27th at3:15pm

Confirm attendance in advance to:

Lauren Chan
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
lchan@ripleys.com
647 351 3474 ext 2631

AZA Grants Accreditation to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Silver Spring, Maryland (September 21, 2015) – The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.

“The Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredits only those zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards and are proven leaders in the care and conservation of wildlife as well as education,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “The community can take great pride in knowing that Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of conservationists.”

To be accredited, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association.

The accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting team observes all aspects of the institution’s operation, including animal care; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff and animals; educational programs; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk management; visitor services; and other areas. Finally, top officials are interviewed at a formal hearing of AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission, after which accreditation is granted, tabled, or denied. Any institution that is denied may reapply one year after the Commission’s decision is made.

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and seven other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.

Please contact Lauren Chan at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada at 647 351 3474 ext 2631 for additional information about the facility, including special events and activities for visitors and its ongoing commitment to wildlife conservation and science education.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Our Blue Team celebrated World Oceans Day by helping clean the Humber Marshes, one of the few remaining river mouth marshes in Toronto! As part of Toronto’s largest watershed, the extensive Humber Marshes provide an important breeding habitat for ducks, turtles and fish, and are a significant corridor for migratory song birds and monarch butterflies.

We collected over 100 pounds of waste in just two hours! Go team!

Santa Takes the Plunge at Ripley’s Aquarium

St. Nick makes his first dive of the season at Canada’s largest indoor aquarium

TORONTO, ON – November 27, 2014 – He’s making a list and checking it twice before he arrives today to find out which stingrays have been naughty or nice.  Join Santa and his merry elves as they dive into Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada this holiday season for daily underwater feedings at Ray Bay.

Media are invited to attend Santa’s first dive of the season today at 1:15 pm.  Starting on December 1st, Santa Dives will take place daily at 3:15 pm and will increase to 5 times per day from December 15th until Christmas Eve (11:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:15 pm, 5:15 pm and 7:15 pm).

Who: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Where: 288 Bremner Blvd.
When: November 27th at 1:15pm

Confirm attendance in advance to:

Maggie Doucette
647-618-3474
doucette@ripleys.com

2014 Tour de Turtles

Sponsored by the Ripley’s Aquariums in Toronto, Gatlinburg, and Myrtle Beach, Shelley the loggerhead sea turtle participated in the Tour de Turtles to help raise awareness about the threat of commercial longline fisheries. Released with a satellite transmitter on July 27, 2014 after nesting in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Shelley swam a total of 893 km!

Show your support for the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group.

World Oceans Day 2014

Our Blue Team celebrated World Oceans Day (June 8, 2014) by participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Together we collected a total of 7 bags of landfill waste (a total of 32 pounds) and 6 bags of recyclable material! To nobody’s surprise, cigarette butts were the number one item collected by our team… 2,832 to be exact! These butts have been sent to TerraCycle, where they will be recycled into a variety of industrial products, such as plastic pallets, and any remaining tobacco will be re-worked into tobacco composting. Coming in second and third, we had food wrappers and paper cups.

By tackling the issue of shoreline litter, our Blue Team made a positive impact on our ecosystems, wildlife and community as a whole.

Region Conservation Authority

On May 7th, members of our Blue Team joined up with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) at Tommy Thompson Park.

Located on the City of Toronto shoreline, the park is continuously growing into a lush landscape that provides an important habitat for birds and other wildlife. To improve growing conditions of the park, our Blue Team planted white pine trees on the property.

Canada’s Largest Indoor Aquarium Now Open

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Welcomes First Guests in Toronto

TORONTO, ON – Toronto’s newest and most exciting attraction, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, opened its doors to the public October 16th. Containing over 5.7 million litres of water, the 12,500 square metre (135,000 square foot) interactive attraction immerses guests in a thrilling underwater adventure that showcases more than 16,000 marine animals. Open 365 days a year, Canada’s largest indoor aquarium features the biggest shark collection in North America, one of the world’s most extensive jelly fish exhibits, 65+ year old giant lobsters, sting ray and bamboo shark touch pools and daily live dive shows.

From the heart-pounding experience of Dangerous Lagoon, a football-field length glass viewing tunnel with moving glide-path sidewalk through sharks, green sea turtles, sawfish and moray eels; to the hypnotic dance of Pacific sea nettle jelly fish which illuminate an array of breathtaking colours from within the world’s largest kreisel tank at Planet Jellies, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will captivate Torontonians as well as guests from around the world and is expected to draw over 2 million visitors per year.

Among the awe-inspiring exhibits, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada features:

  • The Canadian Waters Gallery – 17 exhibits of aquatic animals from Canada’s own backyard including extremely rare electric blue lobsters from the Atlantic Ocean, unusual Arctic Grayling, giant Pacific octopuses, and a 180-degree Pacific Kelp panel exhibit with wave-making actions that simulate the British Columbia shoreline.
  • The 420,000 litre Rainbow Reef tank with 60 varieties of colourful species from the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific regions including tangs, surgeonfish, angles, butterfly fish, damsels, chromis and clownfish.
  • A fun-for-all-ages Discovery Centre with tsunami simulator, Great Lakes locks exhibit, horseshoe crab touch pools, yellow ‘research’ submarine, Shark Reef crawl tunnel, and bubble peekaboo pop-ups among adorable pufferfish or the everpopular clown fish.
  • Ray Bay where dozens of sting rays playfully swim across a large viewing area and to the surface of the interactive Ray touch pool.
  • The Gallery featuring exotic marine life such as the delicate sea horse and leafy sea dragons, as well as some of the world’s most poisonous fish – lionfish and stone fish.
  • A revolutionary behind the scenes look at actual Life Support System of two of the Aquarium’s largest tanks; Dangerous Lagoon and Ray Bay.
  • More than 100 interactive exhibits including touch pools, multimedia displays and learning centres.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is also home to a highly-experienced animal husbandry team of more than 20 marine biologists and aquarists. Under the leadership of Director of Husbandry, Andy Dehart, the team is responsible for the long-term care of the animals in the exhibit, as well as overseeing water chemistry, animal nutrition, and animal enrichment. The Aquarium strictly adheres to the standards of animal welfare, veterinary care, wildlife conservation, scientific research, education, staffing, and safety, as regulated by Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is wholly owned and operated by Ripley Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Vancouver-based, The Jim Pattison Group.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has recently launched a new “Time Tickets” program so guests are able to conveniently reserve tickets in advance online for the date and time they wish to visit, thus enabling guests to plan their visit in advance and eliminating the need to wait in long lines.

The Aquarium will sell a limited number of tickets per arrival time slot. Once guests arrive at the Aquarium during their selected arrival time, they will be quickly check-in by Guest Services staff. And, guests are not limited to a specific length of stay for their visit.

“Time Ticket” prices start from $29.98 for Adults, $19.98 for Youths and Seniors, and $9.98 for Children (Ages 3-5). Children ages 2 and under receive complimentary admission when accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit www.ripleysaquariumofcanada.com.

About Ripley Entertainment

For over 90 years Ripley Entertainment has been a world leader in family fun. Built on a foundation of a tiny daily newspaper cartoon which debuted in 1918, the company now appeals to families and people of all ages with entertainment attractions around the world. The company also has a long successful history in book publishing, product licensing, radio and television. Part of the Jim Pattison Group, Canada’s third largest privately owned company, Ripley’s is proud to be the largest and fastest growing chain of amusement attraction companies in the world.