The Vancouver Aquarium recently welcomed an important new community partner in its fight for conservation. BMO Financial Group generously donated $750,000 in support of the Aquarium’s $100-million expansion and revitalization, representing the largest, most ambitious re-development in the Aquarium’s history.
As Canada’s largest aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium has inspired and engaged over 40 million people around the globe for an amazing 57 years. The Aquarium’s extensive conservation, research and education programs have grown over the years, as have its interpretive programs and interactive gallery experiences, making the Vancouver Aquarium a leader in aquatic engagement and conservation awareness.
The current revitalization will enable the Aquarium to connect even more people to our natural world, inspiring the change needed to protect our aquatic habitats. With 34,000 square feet of additional public space, new and engaging galleries and a distinctive new entrance plaza, the Aquarium will continue to shine as Vancouver’s top cultural institution.
As a non-profit society, partnerships like this are vital to the conservation, research and education efforts of the Aquarium. BMO’s generous donation enables the Aquarium to move one step closer to completing its revitalization, and further advance its conservation efforts.
In recognition of this generous gift of $750,000, the Aquarium has dedicated a stunning new display to its newest community partner, called the BMO Jellyfish Bloom. The display is part of the Aquarium’s newest feature Jelly Invasion, which is currently captivating guests with over 15 species of jellyfishes from all over the globe.
Stepping into the Aquarium, visitors are greeted by thousands of stunning jellies, from the lion’s mane jelly, which can grow tentacles up to 60.5 metres long, to the “gardener” upside-down jelly. Not only are jellies mesmerizing, they’re also fascinating animals that continue to amaze scientists. With no brain, bones, or heart, they are incredibly adept at finding food, reproducing, and protecting themselves. At Jelly Invasion, visitors also learn about jelly blooms, which are unusually large groups of jellies that can have negative impacts on surrounding environments. Like too much or too little of anything, jelly blooms can throw nature out of balance.
From Jelly Invasion to Penguin Point, and everything in between, there continues to be new and exciting reasons to visit the Aquarium, especially during its revitalization. Moreover, every visitor to the Aquarium directly contributes to its conservation efforts through gallery admission, helping the non-profit Aquarium further its mission.