The votes have come in and the Vancouver Aquarium is the proud recipient of not one, but two prestigious awards. The Trip Advisor’s 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award was awarded last month and named the Aquarium as of one of the world’s best aquariums by the travel website’s reviewer. Last week, thanks to votes from across North America, the Aquarium was named one of the top 10 Aquariums in North America, by the 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award sponsored by USA Today and was the only Canadian Aquarium to be nominated as a candidate.
“Through the voice of Vancouver Aquarium’s wide network of supporters in Canada and throughout the world, including over one million annual visitors, 1,000 volunteers, and more than 70,000 members, it has been recognized for its work as a top aquarium,” says John Nightingale, Vancouver Aquarium president and CEO. “We want to warmly thank our supporters and visitors who took the time to recognize the Vancouver Aquarium as a leading conservation organization whose staff works hard to conduct vital research and protect our blue planet.”
As a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life, the Vancouver Aquarium is already well-known for its prominent conservation, research and education programs, such as its Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, Ocean Wise™, and AquaVan. But numerous other initiatives also serve as contributing pillars to the Aquarium’s reputation as a top conservation organization.
The Vancouver Aquarium was the first aquarium in the world to breed the Oregon Spotted Frog, the most endangered amphibian in Canada, and is also working to build assurance populations of two other endangered amphibian species. The Aquarium also leads on a Howe Sound research and conservation group that conducts citizen science diver surveys to monitor the well-being of local ecosystems.
Home to 50,000 mesmerizing aquatic animals, from the shy pig-nosed turtle to the beloved Pacific spiny lumpsuckers, the Vancouver Aquarium is known for its world-class animal care, rescue and rehabilitation efforts, and education programs that work hard to effect positive change through display, communication, education and public programming, research and direct action. The Vancouver Aquarium aims to engage, amaze and inspire its visitors from the moment they walk through its doors.