Newport Aquarium’s conservation efforts honored by Kentucky’s Environmental Quality Commission

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(L-R): Dr. Leonard K. Peters, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet secretary; Alle Barber (with Paula the penguin), WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium program conservation manager; Eric Rose, Newport Aquarium executive director; Halida Hatic, Center for Interfaith Relation director of community relations and keynote speaker; Steve Coleman, Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission chairman.

FRANKFORT, Ky.Newport Aquarium received accolades Friday from the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission for its environmental conservation efforts during the annual Earth Day Awards ceremony at Berry Hill Mansion.

Earth Day Awards from the EQC recognize individuals and organizations for their extraordinary efforts to enhance and improve environmental quality.

Newport Aquarium was praised for promoting a “Water Story” throughout its exhibits with the goal of educating its guests about the importance of water conservation throughout the world.

“Over 50 percent of the air we breathe is produced by the ocean, so it’s our job at Newport Aquarium to tell people about the importance of water and educate them about the everyday things they can do to help,” said Eric Rose, the aquarium’s executive director. “When guests visit the aquarium, not only do they get to see amazing animals they also get learn about how to help the animals and the environment.”

EQC Chairman Steve Coleman presented the award to Rose, along with Paula the African penguin.

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“EQC is very proud to recognize the contributions of the Newport Aquarium in raising awareness on the importance of our water resources and getting citizens involved in environmental stewardship,” said Coleman.

Kentucky state Rep. Dennis Keene attended the ceremony in support of Newport Aquarium, the largest tourist attraction in his district in Campbell County.

EQC Award  - Dennis Keene, Alle Barber and Eric Rose

(L-R): Kentucky state Rep. Dennis Keene; WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium Program Conservation Manager Alle Barber (with Paula the penguin); Newport Aquarium Executive Director Eric Rose.

“I congratulate the Newport Aquarium for its outstanding efforts to educate its visitors on the importance of water quality and conservation efforts to improve the aquatic life in both ocean and fresh water environments,” said Rep. Keene. “This aquarium continues to evolve as both an entertaining tourist attraction and a valuable resource for education and enhanced understanding of our relationship to the world around us. I’m pleased the aquarium’s staff and administration is being recognized for their dedication and thank the Environmental Quality Commission for this opportunity to highlight these insightful educational programs.”

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

About the Environmental Quality Commission
EQC is a seven-member citizen advisory board created under Kentucky state law in 1972. Its mission is to facilitate public dialog on issues, monitor trends and conditions, promote partnerships to improve and protect the environment for future generations. EQC also advises state officials on environmental matters and promotes public awareness, responsibility and positive action toward a healthy environment.

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Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
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From Frames of Steel to Nerves of Steel: Shark Bridge Construction Update No. 2

Jacque’line Wright, Newport Aquarium PR Aide

Construction workers at Sofco Erectors install steel frame work for the Shark Bridge.

Construction workers at Sofco Erectors install steel frame work for the Shark Bridge.

NEWPORT, Ky. — With just 21 days until it opens to the public, Shark Bridge construction at Newport Aquarium is feverishly progressing.

Newport Aquarium’s newest attraction, Shark Bridge is a 75-foot-long suspension rope bridge where you can walk inches above nearly two dozen sharks in the 385,000-gallon Surrounded by Sharks tank.

The floor is finished. The floating dock is in the water. What is the next step toward completion of the Shark Bride?

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The floating dock currently in the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit.

Just as it takes nerves of steel to cross the Shark Bridge; it also takes frames of steel to construct such a bridge.

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The steel frame for the Shark Bridge was halfway installed onto the ceiling on April 8.

On April 8-9, Cincinnati-based Sofco Erectors installed a steel frame onto the ceiling that will suspend the roped bridge above the shark tank.

Sofco Erectors’ list of past steel work projects includes Paul Brown Stadium, the Duke Energy Convention Center and the Aronoff Center.

The next step of Shark Bridge construction will be the hanging of the rope bridge, which is expected to begin tomorrow.

Shark Bridge opens to the public on April 30. Will you dare to cross?

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Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

Cincinnati Reds, Newport Aquarium team up for 2015

Top Tri-State attractions to offer exclusive penguin encounter, special promotions

Cincinnati Reds fans can see Paula the penguin at Great American Ball Park on April 12.

NEWPORT, Ky. — In time for Opening Day, Newport Aquarium and the Cincinnati Reds are teaming up to provide Reds Country with exclusive promotions, along with one very special animal encounter, throughout the 2015 baseball season.

This distinctive partnership will allow baseball fans and animal lovers of all ages to experience the thrills of two of Greater Cincinnati’s jewel attractions.

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Paula the penguin will deliver the game ball at Great American Ball Park during pregame ceremonies on April 12.

Paula the Penguin Game Ball Delivery: Newport Aquarium’s Paula the penguin will deliver the game ball to the Great American Ball Park pitcher’s mound during pregame festivities prior to the Reds’ afternoon matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 12, the first Sunday home game of the 2015 season. Following first pitch at 1:10 p.m., the famous African penguin will greet fans at the Kroger Fan Zone before participating in a Reds Heads Kids Club Q&A session at the Wiffle® ball field during the third inning.

Combo Ticket Nights: For select 2015 home games, a family of four can enjoy a trip to Newport Aquarium and a Cincinnati Reds game for as low as $100*. This combo includes a voucher for one general admission ticket to Newport Aquarium per each Reds game ticket. The combo is available for Reds home games on April 27, May 11, June 21, July 1, July 20, Aug. 4, Sept. 4 and Sept. 6. The Cincinnati Reds-Newport Aquarium combo ticket can be purchased online at reds.com/newportaquarium.

Keep Your Reds Ticket Stub and Save at Newport Aquarium and Ride the Ducks: Coupons for $2 off Newport Aquarium admission, and $9 off an Aquarium/Ride the Ducks Newport combo, can be found on the back all Cincinnati Reds home game ticket stubs during the 2015 season, including premium and season tickets (not applicable for tickets purchased and printed online).

Annual Passholder Appreciation Nights: Newport Aquarium Annual Passholders can purchase Cincinnati Reds tickets at exclusive pricing during Annual Passholder Appreciation Games, which are May 11, June 21, July 20 and Sept. 4. Passholders can purchase these discounted tickets at reds.com/napassholders.

Newport Aquarium/Ride the Ducks Newport at Opening Day Parade: Newport Aquarium and Ride the Ducks Newport will be entry No. 106 of 200 in the 96th Findlay Market Opening Day Parade on April 6. The parade is set to begin at noon near Findlay Market on Race Street in downtown Cincinnati. Newport Aquarium and Ride the Ducks Newport employees will be highly visible in a Cincinnati Reds-decorated Duck, an amphibious vehicle modeled after the famous World War II DUKW machine. Ride the Ducks Newport is scheduled to begin 2015 tours on April 10, weather permitting. Visit newportducks.com for the complete operating schedule.

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

(*Prices subject to change without notice)

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Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

Shark Bridge construction underway at Newport Aquarium

By Jacque’line Wright, Newport Aquarium PR Aide

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Floating work dock in the Surrounded by Sharks 385,000-gallon tank.

With the April 30 opening date nearing quickly, construction is underway on Newport Aquarium’s Shark Bridge.

Shark Bridge, Newport Aquarium’s newest attraction, is a nearly 100-foot-long suspension rope bridge where you can walk inches above the aquarium’s 385,000-gallon tank filled with seven species of sharks, four rare and exotic shark rays, multiple stingrays, and more than 300 fish! Will you dare to cross?

Stonhard, a New Jersey-based company that specializes in manufacturing and installing seamless floors, began the early stages of Shark Bridge construction by installing a new industrial floor system that surrounds the shark tank on March 25-26.

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Before and after photos of the new flooring that surround the shark tank.

Stonhard Territory Manager T.J. Mangan and his Michigan-based installation crew covered the 1,400-square foot area around the shark tank with a teal-colored, three-part mix that is resistant to salt water.

According to Mangan, Stonhard has installed flooring at various aquariums throughout North America, including Mexico City Aquarium.

The next step in Shark Bridge construction will be installing steelwork that will allow the roped bridge to suspend from the ceiling. The steelwork has already been fabricated offsite and is set for delivery by the end of March. Installation for the steelwork is schedule to begin April 3, with an April 17 expected completion date.

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Stonhard members working on the installation of a salt-water-resistant flooring system that will surround Newport Aquarium’s 385,000-gallon shark tank.

The floating dock that construction workers will stand on while installing Shark Bridge is already in the shark tank.

You can see the dock while walking through the Surround by Sharks tunnel!

Newport Aquarium’s blog aquariumworks.org will provide further updates on Shark Bridge construction as it becomes available.

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Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

Canyon Falls, Newport Aquarium’s newest exhibit, to open Saturday

Rare otters and lizards highlight Aquarium’s latest guest experience


NEWPORT, Ky.
– The all-new Canyon Falls exhibit at Newport Aquarium is set to open to the public 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14.

Canyon Falls, which will occupy the area that formerly housed the Turtle Canyon exhibit, will be the new home to Asian small-clawed otters and some of the world’s most unique reptiles.

“Our guests spoke to us about the desire to bring back otters to Newport Aquarium and we heard them loud and clear,” said Chris Pierson, Newport Aquarium operations director. “From Asian small-clawed otters, to very rare species of lizards, Canyon Falls will offer guests a number of opportunities to experience and learn about the conservation of some truly unique animals.”

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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.

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 (IUCN).

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In addition to otters, Canyon Falls will include two species of lizard never before seen at Newport Aquarium – yellow monitors, rare and active tree-dwelling lizards from Indonesia, and panther chameleons, one of the most colorful lizards in the world from Madagascar.

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.

Yellow monitors will be on exhibit at Canyon Falls.

Yellow monitors will be on exhibit at Canyon Falls.

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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Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

Newport Aquarium treats third graders on field trip to surprise announcement

Third king penguin chick hatched at Aquarium in less than 12 months

NEWPORT, Ky.Newport Aquarium announced to a group of schoolchildren Tuesday the addition of a baby king penguin that hatched inside the Kroger Penguin Palooza exhibit.

Third-grade students from St. Francis de Sales School in Lebanon, Ohio, went on a field trip to Newport Aquarium and took an “All About Penguins” class ran by the WAVE Foundation’s Manager of Education Programs Dan Dunlap.

At the end of the class, Dunlap revealed to the schoolchildren that a king penguin chick hatched on the afternoon of Feb. 7. Senior biologists Dan Clady and Jen Hazeres were stationed inside the cold-penguin exhibit and displayed the chick for the students to see following the announcement.

A photo of king penguin chick Kevin Bacon from Feb. 12, five days after it hatched.

A photo of king penguin chick Kevin Bacon from Feb. 12, five days after it hatched.

The king penguin chick has been affectionately named Kevin Bacon in reference to the renowned actor’s 1980 film “Friday the 13th” – the young bird’s due date.

Bebe (father) and Wednesday (mother) are the biological parents of Kevin Bacon, the second chick the couple has reproduced in the less than a year after a pair of chicks hatched simultaneously May 24, 2014.

Kevin Bacon is the second third-generation king penguin that has hatched at Newport Aquarium. Wednesday was the last king penguin hatched at the aquarium in 2010, before the cold penguin exhibit was renovated and reopened as Kroger Penguin Palooza in March 2011.

Kevin Bacon initially weighed in at 225 grams and has grown to more than 2.5 pounds (1,188 grams) as of Feb. 24.

Actor Kevin Bacon, who starred in the 1980 movie "Friday the 13th" was the inspiration behind Newport Aquarium's newest king penguin chick's name.

Actor Kevin Bacon, who starred in the 1980 movie “Friday the 13th” was the inspiration behind Newport Aquarium’s newest king penguin chick’s name. (Photo via ABCnews.com)

Guests can catch a glimpse of the chick inside the Kroger Penguin Palooza while the parents share rearing duties.

Newport Aquarium is one of only 16 institutions in the United States to exhibit king penguins, the second largest species of penguin in the world with adults growing to more than three feet in height.

The successful breeding of three king penguins from one institution over a nearly nine-month span is a rarity. There has been an average of only 14 king penguin hatchings annually over the last 10 years at Association of Zoos and Aquariums institutions in the U.S.

King penguin chick Kevin Bacon hatched Feb. 7 and already weight more than 2.5 pounds.

King penguin chick Kevin Bacon hatched Feb. 7 and already weight more than 2.5 pounds.

Newport Aquarium has exhibited king penguins since the Northern Kentucky attraction first opened to the public in May 1999, originally exhibiting king penguins acquired from Adventure World near Shirahama, Japan.

Kroger Penguin Palooza features 50 birds that form one of the most diverse collections of penguins in the country. With the addition to Kevin Bacon, there are 13 king penguins in total, as well as chinstrap, gentoo, macaroni and rockhopper penguins. A sixth penguin species, the African penguin, is also on exhibit at Newport Aquarium in The Penguin House.

King penguin facts:

  • With their fluffy brown appearance, king penguin chicks look so dissimilar to adult king penguins that early explorers described them as an entirely different species, the woolly penguin.
  • King penguins are one of the few birds that do not build nests. Instead, they incubate their eggs under the belly on top of their feet.
  • King penguins can be found in the waters of the sub-Antarctic. They breed on many of the sub-Antarctic islands, such as South Georgia, Crozet, the Falklands, and the islands southeast of Australia and southwest of New Zealand.

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

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Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

See Them While You Can: Pair of Endangered Tortoise Species to Leave Newport Aquarium on March 1

By Jacque’line Wright, Newport Aquarium PR Aide

Bravo, the famous 650-pound the Galapagos tortoise, isn’t the only species leaving Newport Aquarium March 1. Say goodbye to the Spider tortoise and Egyptian tortoise too! These tortoises may not weigh as much as Bravo, but they have their own unique characteristics that make them just as cool!

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Egyptian tortoises, the smallest tortoise species in the Northern Hemisphere, will be leaving Newport Aquarium on March 1.

Egyptian tortoises, the smallest tortoise species in the Northern Hemisphere, will be leaving Newport Aquarium on March 1.

Interesting facts:
-The Egyptian tortoise may make a mating call similar to the call of the mourning dove.
-The Egyptian tortoise is considered the second smallest species of tortoise in the world.

Where can they be found?
These tortoises can be found along the Mediterranean coastal strip of the North African coast extending from Libya to beyond the Nile Delta in Egypt. As these tortoises are on the verge of becoming extinct, they can still be found in the Libyan regions of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica.

What habitat do they live in?
The Egyptian tortoise is associated with desert and semi-desert habitats, which consist of compact sand, rocks, and gravel plains. The habitat for the turtles found along the Mediterranean coastal strip would be coastal salt marshes.

What do they eat?
These tortoises are found in the desert where food may not always be available, but their usual diet is rough grasses, desert plants and fruit.

What are their physical features?
The Egyptian tortoise can have a wide variety of shell colors, including ivory, dull yellow, golden, bright straw-color to dark brown. The pale colors allow the tortoises to camouflage into the sandy, rocky habitat.

Status
status_cr_onEgyptian tortoises are classified as Critically Endangered (CR A2abcd+3d) on the IUCN Red List 2004 and listed on Appendix I of CITES.

 

Spider Tortoise

A pair of spider tortoises will be coming off exhibit when Turtle Canyon closes on March 1. (Photo via The Enquirer/Patrick Reddy)

Spider tortoises will be coming off exhibit when Turtle Canyon closes on March 1. (Photo via The Enquirer/Patrick Reddy)

Where can they be found?
The Spider tortoise can be found in the region of the coastal areas of southwestern Madagascar about 5-30 miles inland from the coast. The furthest north they can be found is Morombe.

What Habitat do they live in?
They live in habitats that consist of sandy areas with spiny vegetation and that are close to the coast. The rainfall in their habitat is usually low and irregular.

What does it look like?
The Spider tortoise has a shell that is highly curved, and widens towards the rear. It has five to eight yellow lines radiating out from the center, which are easily seen because of the dark brown background. These yellow stripes are how the Spider Tortoise got its name.

Status
status_cr_onSpider tortoise are classified as Critically Endangered (CR) on the IUCN Red List, listed on Appendix I of CITES and and listed as Endangered under Malagasy National Law.

 

(References: arkive.org and zoo.org)

Newport on the Levee’s endowment to the WAVE Foundation to fund Newport Aquarium visits for underprivileged students

L-R: Newport Aquarium Executive Director Eric Rose, Newport on the Levee General Manager Harold Dull, WAVE Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Mark Evans, WAVE Foundation Education Program Manager Dan Dunlap

L-R: Newport Aquarium Executive Director Eric Rose, Newport on the Levee General Manager Harold Dull, WAVE Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Mark Evans, WAVE Foundation Education Program Manager Dan Dunlap.

NEWPORT, Ky. — More than 1,400 underprivileged schoolchildren will have the opportunity to go on a field trip to Newport Aquarium and take marine biology classes after the WAVE Foundation on Monday received a significant donation from Newport on the Levee.

Harold Dull, general manager at Newport on the Levee, visited the aquarium Monday morning and presented a check for $10,000 to the WAVE Foundation, Newport Aquarium’s nonprofit partner.

Newport on the Levee’s donation will go toward the WAVE Foundation’s Price Charities grant, which affords WAVE’s Friends of Finstitute program to fund Newport Aquarium visits and Finstitute Learning Adventure classes for disadvantaged youth.

WAVE Foundation Education Program Education Manager Dan Dunlap conducts a Serious about Sharks Finstitute Learning Adventure.

WAVE Foundation Education Program Education Manager Dan Dunlap conducts a Serious about Sharks Finstitute Learning Adventure.

To date, the WAVE Foundation’s Price Charities grant has underwritten more than 20,000 underprivileged students from approximately 70 Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky schools.

“Newport on the Levee is thrilled to present this donation of $10,000 to the WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium,” stated Dull. “The organization is an invaluable asset to not only our property, but to the Newport community as a whole.”

Newport Aquarium Executive Director and WAVE Foundation board member Eric Rose, WAVE Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Mark Evans and WAVE Foundation Education Program Manager Dan Dunlap accepted the check on behalf of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

“The WAVE Foundation is extremely appreciative of Newport on the Levee’s generosity,” said Rose. “Newport on the Levee has been a tremendous supporter of the WAVE Foundation. This substantial gift will help WAVE advance its mission to excite, engage, and educate our community about the welfare of aquatic life and the importance of conservation.”

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

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About Newport Aquarium
Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee. Like Newport Aquarium on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

About the WAVE Foundation
The WAVE Foundation strives to excite, engage and educate the community about aquatic life and the importance of conservation. Its programming initiatives exist in three core areas: education, conservation and volunteerism. WAVE provides unique education curriculum and experiences for students of all ages; supports and provides leadership in local, national and global conservation efforts; and has a vibrant volunteer program with more than 500 dedicated volunteers. The WAVE Foundation is an independent, educational foundation at the Newport Aquarium and is designated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID # 61-1325992. For additional information, visit wavefoundation.org and like us on Facebook.

About Newport on the Levee
Newport on the Levee is a multi-level urban retail entertainment center located strategically across from downtown Cincinnati on the south bank of the Ohio River in Newport, Kentucky. Drawing approximately 3.5 million people per year, Newport on the Levee is the most popular attraction in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area – supported by research performed by Northern Kentucky University’s marketing department. Voted by Zagat as the #1 Mall/Shopping Attraction for Families in the United States, the Levee features a variety of entertainment options such as the 20-screen AMC Theater, the award-winning Newport Aquarium, Axis Alley boutique bowling lounge, GameWorks, and the Funny Bone Comedy Club; several national and regional restaurant brands such as Dick’s Last Resort, Brio Tuscan Grille, Mitchell’s Fish Market, and Brothers Bar & Grill; creative class office tenants i-wireless, Intrinzic, Constellation Brands and Comstock Valuation, along with several specialty shops, carts and kiosks. For more information, visit www.newportonthelevee.com, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, and get connected with the Levee on Facebook and Twitter.

Religious groups invited to explore Newport Aquarium during Faith Weekend, March 7-8

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NEWPORT, Ky.Newport Aquarium is offering discounted admission to members of all religious organizations during Faith Weekend, March 7-8.

Faith Weekend tickets are $12 per person, a near 50-percent discount off general admission compared to the standard admission price. Tickets, which must be ordered by March 4, are available for purchase at NewportAquarium.com, by calling 859-815-1423 or submitting the registration form.

In addition to discounted general admission, Newport Aquarium is also offering a Faith Weekend price break on the Backstage Animal Experience, a 45-minute behind-the-scenes tour that includes an encounter with one of the aquarium’s community outreach animals. Pre-registration is required for the Backstage Animal Experience, which is available for just $12 per person, a 20-percent discount off the standard price.

The Backstage Animal Experience at Newport Aquarium offers guest a behind-the-scenes look of the aquarium.

The Backstage Animal Experience at Newport Aquarium offers guest a behind-the-scenes look of the aquarium.

With its 72-degree, climate-controlled facility, Newport Aquarium is the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky region’s ideal entertainment option during the winter months. Its nearly 5,000 animals across more than 90 exhibits provide fun and educational experiences for the entire family. Some of Newport Aquarium’s most popular exhibits include:

  • Surrounded by Sharks – Guests can venture through an 85-foot-long acrylic tunnel inside a 385,000-gallon tank filled with six species of shark, four rare and exotic shark rays and Denver, a mischievous 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle.
  • Gator Alley – Gator Alley has one of the most diverse collections of crocodilian species in the country, showcasing six species from four continents. Gator Alley is the home of Mighty Mike – the biggest and baddest alligator in the country outside of Florida at 14 feet and 800 pounds – as well as Snowball and Snowflake, two of less than 100 white alligators in the world.
  • Kroger Penguin Palooza – With five different sub-Antarctic penguin species totaling 50 birds, Kroger Penguin Palooza boasts one of the most diverse collections of cold-weather penguins in the country.
  • Frog Bog – Frog Bog is the largest exhibit of its kind in the Midwest with nearly 20 species of exotic frogs. Children can find secret frog tanks visible only when they climb through tunnels and tubes in the kids-only Frog Bog jungle gym.
  • Jellyfish Gallery – With more than 100 on display, guests will marvel at the largest and coolest jellyfish exhibit in the Midwest.
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Kroger Penguin Palooza

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

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Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com

Newport Aquarium Invites Frisch’s Big Boy into Tanks

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NEWPORT, Ky. Newport Aquarium and Frisch’s Big Boy are working together to bring a new adventure to the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities.

The Hidden Big Boy Hunt at Newport Aquarium will run Feb. 14 through April 4. Guests are invited to be on the lookout for 10 hidden Big Boy figurines as they make their way through the aquarium.

Big Boy at NAQ

The iconic Big Boy statue greets guests at the entrance of the Pepsi World Rivers exhibit, where the hunt begins. There, guests can pick up a map to record the Big Boys found along their journey through the aquarium. The search ends at the Kroger Penguin Palooza exhibit, where guests are invited to submit their completed maps in a weekly drawing for a Frisch’s and Newport Aquarium prize pack valued at over $100.

“The Hidden Big Boy Hunt provides a unique way for guests to tour the aquarium,” said Chad Showalter, Newport Aquarium senior marketing manager. “It’s another opportunity for families to make memories during their visit to Newport Aquarium.”

Big Boy Hunt

The Big Boy character will star in the aquarium’s Penguin Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 14, 21 and 28. He will also be available for a meet-and-greet and photographs at the aquarium 11 a.m. to noon.

“On land, our smiling red and white checkered Big Boy is not typically hard to spot,” said Frisch’s vice president of marketing, Karen Maier. “But under the sea at the Newport Aquarium, he seems much smaller and we’re going to need some help finding him.”

For more information on Newport Aquarium, visit NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474).

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About Frisch’s Big Boy
Frisch’s Restaurants, Inc., is a regional company that operates 95 family-style restaurants under the name “Frisch’s Big Boy” in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Louisville and Lexington. Frisch’s corporate offices, located at 2800 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, may be contacted at 513-961-2660. Frisch’s toll-free customer service number is 800-873-3633. For information and online management applications, visit us at www.frischs.com. Become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About Newport Aquarium
Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country by USA Today’s 10Best.com in 2012, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. Named a top U.S. aquarium by US City Traveler and Destinations Travel Magazine in 2014, and also by Travel Channel in 2013, Newport Aquarium is a Herschend Family Entertainment company and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.

Find us on: Facebook.com/NewportAquarium | Twitter: @NewportAquarium

One Aquarium Way | Newport, KY 41071 | 859-261-7444
www.newportaquarium.com