Courtesy of National Aquarium
By: Sarah Sharkey
The National Aquarium opened its Animal Care and Rescue Center earlier this summer. So far, it seems
to be off to a good start.
Joey, a South American yellow-footed tortoise, led the ceremony that opened the new center. The
ribbon was made of zucchini and fabric, so Joey enjoyed his part of the ribbon cutting.
The facilities are over 55,000 square feet of space to house animals. In addition to the large size of the
center, the animals here will have access to world class care around the clock. The space and staff can
accommodate up to 1,500 animals at a time. Each of those animals will be housed in facilities that are
appropriate for their species. From a small fish to a larger seal, all of the animals will be taken care of at
this amazing new facility.
The new center also has a new way for visitors to watch the animals. Instead of just the public habitats
being on display, most of the animals care and welfare work will be available for the public to see on
tours. The tours for the general public will start in January. If you get the chance, then definitely check
out this amazing new facility that will help heal animals.
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