New York Aquarium Opens Glover's Reef Exhibit
New exhibit in 150,000 gallon tank featuring moray eels, sharks and marine life you would find in Glover's Reef
[ClickPress, Fri Jun 03 2005] Brooklyn, NY – On June 7, 2005, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) New York Aquarium will open a new Glover’s Reef exhibit teeming with marine life you’d find in the ocean off the coast of Belize.
The exhibit tank our visitors first encounter upon entering the New York Aquarium, originally constructed in 1957, is undergoing a transformation. Soon, the new exhibit will feature jawfish, moray eels, sharks and more than 35 other interesting species in a Caribbean coral reef ecosystem.
The exhibit is being made to resemble Glover’s Reef, a seamount atoll off the coast of Belize. WCS owns one of the five tiny islands, Middle Cay, on the fringing reef, and our scientists are working to discover more about coral biology and ecology and ways to diminish the threats to these fragile habitats. WCS Conservationist, Janet Gibson, who is currently working on Glover’s Reef says “despite protection locally as a marine reserve and universal recognition as a World Heritage Site, the future of the corals of Glover’s Reef depends to a large extent on the global population. Individual action counts, either as a responsible visitor to the reef or as a citizen ensuring your government implements sound environmental policies”.
One feature, the “wall of moray eels” will excite people of all ages as three species of moray eels wriggle ominously and ogle visitors from inches away. The Aquarium exhibit will also include touchable coral skeletons and interactive graphics that explain how coral reefs are formed, that corals are actually colonies of amazing animals, and that coral reefs are among the most diverse, rare, and valuable ecosystems on earth. The exhibit will also focus attention on the ways in which coral reefs are of direct value to people, including our visitors, and will aim to motivate people to care about the fate of coral reefs everywhere.
Glover’s Reef will be an exciting, new entrance experience for all our visitors.
A Wildlife Conservation Society park, the New York Aquarium opens every day of the year at 10am, and closing times vary seasonally. Admission is $11.00 for adults, and $7.00 for children ages 2-12 years old and senior citizens (65 and older); children under 2 years of age are admitted free. The Aquarium is located on Surf Avenue at West 8th Street in Coney Island. For directions, information on public events and programs, and other Aquarium information, call 718-265-FISH or visit our web site at http://www.nyaquarium.com.
For information on special group rates, call 718-265-3454. The Aquarium is a member of the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA), which awards accreditation to institutions that meet the highest standards of animal care, environmental education, and visitor service. Now is the perfect time to visit and show support for the New York Aquarium, Brooklyn’s most heavily attended attraction and a beloved part of the City of New York.
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