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Mississippi Aquarium sets April 2020 opening date

Making an urgent call to halt species decline Gavrielle KirkCohen, WAzA

The Mississippi Aquarium has announced an opening date of 30 April 2020.

The International

Currently under construction

Union for

in Gulfport, Mississippi, the

Conservation

US$93m attraction will house

of Nature (IUCN) has issued

alligators, river otters, fish,

an urgent call to massively

dolphins, stingrays and birds.

scale up species conservation

A celebration of

action in response to the

Mississippi's marsh and gulf

escalating biodiversity crisis.

environments, the aquarium is expected to attract

The Abu Dhabi Call was ■■The US$93m attraction is a celebration of Mississippi

500,000 visitors a year. Included in the attractions

issued at the IUCN Species Survival Commission

walkways representing all

(SSC) Leaders’ Meeting which

will be a 30ft-long (9.1m)

seven regions of Mississippi.

was held in Abu Dhabi, United

underwater tunnel that will

The tanks will hold more

surround visitors with sea

than a million gallons of

life, and exterior habitats

both salt and fresh water,

that are 1,600ft (488m)

all of which will be filtered

long. Some 80,000sq ft

16 times every day.

Arab Emirates, from 6 - 9

The aquarium will house alligators, river otters, fish, dolphins, stingrays and birds

(24,380sq m) of exhibits will be connected by landscaped

October 2019. More than 300 SSC leaders gathered for the meeting and signed the call, which urges governments, international agencies and the

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private sector to halt species decline and prevent humandriven extinctions by 2030, and to improve the conservation

UK

status of threatened species

Chester zoo given approval for major expansion of Grasslands area

with a view to bringing about widespread recovery by 2050. The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums has joined as a signatory to the

Chester Zoo has had

development currently being

declaration and fully endorses

plans approved to build an

partially rebuilt following a fire.

and supports the Abu Dhabi Call.

African savannah habitat

phenomenal experience and

Zoos and Aquariums, we commit

of accommodation.

will cement Chester Zoo’s

to respond to the Abu Dhabi

standing as one of the world’s

Call to scale up our commitment

zoo has been accepted by

very best attractions," said

to species conservation. We

Chester Council’s planning

Jamie Christon, the zoo’s

will continue to strive for a

committee, with zoo

chief operating officer.

sustainable future for people in a

management saying the plans

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As the World Association of

adjacent to a wide range A proposal from the

Grasslands will be a phenomenal experience and will cement Chester Zoo as one of the world’s very best attractions

"Grasslands will be a

"Featuring state of the

world in which species are highly

will "connect visitors with

art conservation breeding

valued for their intrinsic worth

nature like never before".

facilities for a range of

as well as the benefits they

threatened African species,

provide. We commit to providing

of the zoo's 217-acre

Grasslands will also see the

knowledge, resources, and public

expansion masterplan,

zoo push the boundaries of

education, engagement, and

which also includes its

world-class animal care".

inspiration and to implementing

£40m (US$49.2mm) Islands

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action for species conservation.

The extension is part

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