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Help save Vanaqua

Important message from Darren Smy:

Atelopus varius zeteki, (c) Andrew Gray, Courtesy of The Vancouver Aquarium.

Dear Friends, as you may have heard the Vancouver Aquarium is facing a crisis. While we are closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19, our animal care teams are still at work ensuring our animals continue to receive the highest level of care. But this costs money, and without support we could be facing permanent closure in a couple of months. If you are able to help, please donate: https://vanaqua.org/saveva. No gift is too small to make a big difference!

For those of you that are not familiar with the work the Vancouver Aquarium has been involved with or continues to carry out please watch the video in the above link.

One other first I didn’t see mentioned is that we were also the first to breed Canada’s most endangered amphibian, the Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa), under human care and have been continuing to do so for more than 10 years and this has led to other institutions that form the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Team to also breed these animals for release. The offspring produced are released back into the wild to help sustain and boost existing populations to prevent thier loss from the Canadian ecosystem forever.

The online gift shop is still open for those that would like to donate that way https://vanaquashop.org/

The Vancouver Aquarium is a not-for-profit organisation and 85% of its operating budget comes from visitors at the front gate, cafe sales and gift shop purchases. Without that income the aquarium would not be able to function for long.

The aquarium is enjoyed by many people from all around the world and especially locals (those with kids particularly, who are probably all wishing it was open right now!) who I am sure would miss this educational resource and all the research and conservation projects that it continues to pioneer and provide. If you are in a position to donate and help out then please do!

Stay safe everyone and once things can return to some sort of normality hopefully the Aquarium will still be here for you to come and enjoy.



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