Whenever we get the chance to learn more about the world we live in and the animals we share this planet with, we take it! Today it came in the form of taking the crew to the Newport Aquarium to check out their newest exhibit, Canyon Falls…which opens March 14th!
Newport Aquarium staff will host scheduled interactive otter talks at Canyon Falls, which will provide guests educational opportunities to learn more about otter biology and conservation. The talks will focus on survival adaptations and how humans directly impact the environment of otters – particularly Asian small-clawed otters, which are listed as a vulnerable species, one category away from endangered, by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Canyon Falls will feature:
-Asian small-clawed otters
-Two species of lizard never before seen at Newport Aquarium:
-Yellow monitors, rare and active tree-dwelling lizards from Indonesia
-Panther chameleons, one of the most colorful lizards in the world from Madagascar
-Thunder, a more than 100-year-old, 155-pound alligator snapping turtle
-Turtle Corral – A station where guests can touch a variety of tortoises
All the creatures were great but the little otter was my favorite part. She is so cute! I mean just look at this face…
Asian small-clawed otters are back at Newport Aquarium by popular demand as Canyon Falls will initially feature two otters – Neda (female), who came from Kansas City Zoo, and Pork Chop (male), who came from National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The exhibit will offer guests multiple vantage points to see these playful and social animals up close and personal.
And don’t worry…Canyon Falls will also feature two popular holdovers from Turtle Canyon: the iconic Thunder, a more than 100-year-old, 155-pound snapping turtle and Newport Aquarium’s oldest resident, will remain in the temple tank; and the Turtle Corral, where guests have the unique opportunity to touch several species of tortoises.
And Newport Aquarium Annual Passholders will get to enjoy an exclusive sneak peak of Canyon Falls prior to the aquarium opening to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Canyon Falls Annual Passholder preview is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will include: Breakfast provided by Chick-fil-A; interactive games; exclusive animal encounters presented by the WAVE Foundation; and photo opportunities with the Chick-fil-A Cow and the stars of Newport Aquarium’s daily Penguin Parade, J.P. and Rocky.
For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).
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