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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada opened in October of 2013 in the heart of Toronto, Canada, beside the CN Tower.  The aquarium is home to 16,000 marine and freshwater animals from sharks to seahorses in over 5.7 million litres (1.5 million gallons) of water, spread over a 135,000 square foot facility. Ripley’s Aquarium prides itself on…

The Evolution of Zoos

In the Beginning Zoo:  an institution in which living animals are exhibited in captivity. How did we get to today’s modern zoo?  It all began thousands of years ago.  Ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt and China all obtained collections of wild animals.  Egypt’s first zoo was established in Thebes around 1490BC by Queen Hatshepsut.  Medieval Europe…

Barcelona Aquarium

Walking down the boardwalk along the Mediterranean you approach the steps leading up to the largest aquarium in Europe, the Barcelona Aquarium.  This oceanarium is the only one of its kind in Europe and houses 35 different aquariums depicting different marine habitats, with 11,000 animals of 450 different species and all in 5 million litres…