About newportaquarium

Newport Aquarium was established in 1999. It is home to more than 10,000 aquatic animals representing some 600 species housed in tanks totally a million gallons in capacity. 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!

Egyptian Tortoise

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.

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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

Longtime Annual Passholder Surprised with VIP Bravo Experience

NEWPORT, Ky. – A longtime Newport Aquarium Annual Passholder was surprised Wednesday afternoon with an exclusive meet-and-greet with Bravo the Galapagos tortoise.

Michelle Ridder, an Annual Passholder since 2009, arrived at Newport Aquarium around 2 p.m. Upon her arrival, aquarium staff informed Ridder, who has a physical condition that requires her to be wheelchair bound, that special arrangements were made for her to go behind the scenes of the Turtle Canyon exhibit to get up and close with Bravo, who at 650 pounds is the largest turtle in the Midwest.

Michelle Ridder (center) touches the shell of Bravo the Galapagos tortoise as Newport Aquarium exhibits staffers Kevin Sommerkamp (left) and Will Gosnell (right) assist.

Michelle Ridder (center) touches Bravo the shell of Galapagos tortoise while Newport Aquarium exhibits staffers Kevin Sommerkamp (left) and Will Gosnell (right) assist.

Visiting the aquarium 3-4 times per week on average throughout the years, Ridder earned the nickname “Penguin Michelle” for her frequency of backstage Penguin Encounter purchases.

However, once Turtle Canyon opened in March 2014, Ridder developed a fondness for Bravo.

The downtown Cincinnati resident missed the opportunity to purchase the Bravo VIP Experience, which was available for during the 2014 summer.

When Newport Aquarium announced Turtle Canyon was closing March 1, Ridder made a priority to visit Bravo as possible.

Aquarium staff took notice of her interest in the massive tortoise and decided to give her a once-in-a-lifetime experience to thank her for her dedication and loyalty to Newport Aquarium.

I Heart Turtles Facebook Sweepstakes
Other guests can receive this exclusive encounter with Bravo through Newport Aquarium’s “I Heart Turtles Facebook Sweepstakes,” where one lucky guest and four of their friends will win an exclusive VIP Bravo Experience. The Facebook contest, which runs through Feb. 17, includes a prize package of five general admission tickets in addition to the private encounter with Bravo.

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

Homeschool Days at Newport Aquarium to return March 9-10

Homeschoolers offered discounted admission, exclusive marine biology classes

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NEWPORT, Ky.Newport Aquarium is offering discounted admission to homeschool students and educators during its Homeschool Days, March 9-10.

Tickets for Homeschool Days are only $11 per person, a savings of nearly 50 percent off compared to the standard admission price of $23 for adults and $15 for children ages 2-12.

Homeschool Days allow homeschoolers grades K-12 the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of marine life and conservation at Newport Aquarium, one of the top aquariums in the country according to Travel Channel and USA Today’s 10Best.com.

The WAVE Foundation, Newport Aquarium’s nonprofit partner, will offer courses through its Finstititute Classroom Experience to supplement the educational experience of exploring Newport Aquarium’s more than 90 exhibits.

Courses through the Finstititute Classroom Experience – which are available for $4 a person, per class – include:

Serious About Sharks (9:15 a.m. each day): Students receive exclusive access to the Shark Ray Bay Theater, before the aquarium opens to the public, to learn all about sharks in a 30-minute class.

Scales and Tails (10:15 a.m. each day): Students learn about reptiles while experiencing live animal encounters during this 45-minute class.

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Backstage Animal Experiences, where guests get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the aquarium, are also available to Homeschool Days participants at a discounted rate of $5, a 67-percent discount off the standard price.

Homeschool Days tickets must be ordered through a registration form available at NewportAquarium.com. Registration for Homeschool Days must be completed by March 4. Please call 859-815-1423 for additional registration information.

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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’s Turtle Canyon exhibit, Winter Family Days to end March 1

Fans can enter to win an exclusive encounter with the Midwest’s largest turtle, Bravo the Galapagos tortoise, before he’s #Galapagone

NEWPORT, Ky. – The deadline for the public to visit Turtle Canyon, featuring Bravo the largest turtle in the Midwest, and take advantage of Newport Aquarium’s Winter Family Days special, when two kids get in free with each paying adult, is March 1.

Since March 2014, Bravo – a more than 85-year-old, 650-pound Galapagos tortoise – has been the star of Turtle Canyon. He is scheduled to return to his home at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, S.C. on March 2.

Bravo, a 650-pound Galapagos tortoise, is the largest turtle in the Midwest.

Bravo, a 650-pound Galapagos tortoise, is the largest turtle in the Midwest.

In addition to Bravo, several other unique species of tortoise will be leaving Newport Aquarium once Turtle Canyon closes, including the Egyptian tortoise, the smallest tortoise species in the Northern Hemisphere.

On March 2, the facility housing Turtle Canyon will temporarily close for renovations and re-open as the all-new Canyon Falls exhibit in mid-March. Canyon Falls will feature Asian small-clawed otters, as well as two unique species of lizard – yellow monitors and panther chameleons.

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Asian small-clawed otters will return to Newport Aquarium in March.

Last Chance to Take Advantage of Winter Family Days
Newport Aquarium is entering the final stretch of Winter Family Days, when two children receive free admission* with the purchase of one full-priced adult ticket.

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This family-favorite offer is available through March 1, during which time Newport Aquarium will open one hour early at 9 a.m. every Saturday and holiday weekend.

Winter Family Days tickets can be purchased at the Newport Aquarium ticket window, online at NewportAquarium.com or by phone at 800-406-FISH (3474).

I Heart Turtles Facebook Sweepstakes
To celebrate the remaining days of Turtle Canyon, Newport Aquarium is running a Facebook contest where one lucky guest and four of their friends will win an exclusive VIP Bravo Experience.

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The Facebook contest, which runs through Feb. 17, includes a prize package of five general admission tickets in addition to the private encounter with Bravo.

*This special offer cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons.

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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 to add North America’s first Shark Bridge; largest Scalloped Hammerheads exhibit

Aquarium’s 2015 exhibits lineup to include – back by popular demand – Otters!


NEWPORT, Ky.
– Newport Aquarium announced Wednesday an exhilarating 2015 lineup of coming attractions, featuring Shark Bridge, the only suspension bridge in North America where guests can walk just inches above nearly two dozen lurking sharks.

Scheduled for a mid-April opening, Shark Bridge is a 100-foot-long, V-shaped rope bridge suspended over the waters of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit’s 385,000-gallon tank.

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Shark Bridge will be the first of its kind in North America.

Should guests dare to cross, Shark Bridge will offer an exclusive adventure and unique perspective of walking closely atop seven species of sharks, four rare and exotic shark rays, multiple stingrays and more than 300 fish.

Shark Bridge will be a completely new way to experience sharks and a truly one-of-a-kind attraction available nowhere but Newport Aquarium,” said Eric Rose, executive director. “Our diverse collection of sharks is the cornerstone of our more than 90 exhibits, and guests will now be able to experience them like they never have.”

The addition of Shark Bridge will triple the viewing area above the Surrounded by Sharks tank prior to guests exiting the aquarium.

Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks
Coinciding with the opening of Shark Bridge in mid-April, extremely rare scalloped hammerhead sharks will be added to the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit.

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Newport Aquarium will be the first institution in North America to exhibit multiple scalloped hammerhead sharks.

Newport Aquarium will be the only institution in North America to exhibit multiple scalloped hammerhead sharks. This collection of scalloped hammerheads – which will be one of the largest on display in the world – will help communicate the species’ conservation message to the public.

Newport Aquarium is working with field researchers from Hawaii, where the new hammerheads originated, to educate the public about scalloped hammerhead conservation.

The scalloped hammerheads will join 17 other sharks currently in the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit that include sand tiger, zebra, sandbar, blacktip, whitetip and nurse sharks.

Canyon Falls (featuring Otters)
Coming in mid-March, Newport Aquarium will open its newest exhibit, Canyon Falls, which will occupy the area that currently houses the Turtle Canyon exhibit.

Canyon Falls will be the new home to Asian small-clawed otters, which are back by popular demand after the aquarium previously exhibited otters from 2004 to 2013.

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Asian small-clawed otters are returning to Newport Aquarium in mid-March.

Newport Aquarium will offer scheduled otter talks at Canyon Falls that provide guests educational opportunities to learn more about otters and otter conservation.

Other additions to Canyon Falls include two species of lizard never before seen at Newport Aquarium – yellow monitor, a rare and active tree-dwelling lizard from Indonesia, and panther chameleon, one of the most colorful lizards in the world from Madagascar.

Remaining in Canyon Falls will be Thunder, a more than 100-year-old snapping turtle and Newport Aquarium’s oldest resident, as well as the Turtle Corral, where guests have the unique opportunity to touch several species of tortoises.

Weeki Wachee Mermaids
Mermaids from Weeki Wachee Springs, Fla., will return to Newport Aquarium in October. The announcement of their return comes on the heels of their wildly popular 10-day visit to Newport Aquarium in October 2014, which was the 67-year-old institution’s first visit to the Midwest.

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Weeki Wachee Mermaids will make a second engagement at Newport Aquarium in October.

Further details of Weeki Wachee Mermaids returning to Newport Aquarium will be announced on a later date.

Scuba Santa’s® Water Wonderland
A newly reimagined Scuba Santa’s® Water Wonderland will return for its 13th season on Nov. 27. The 2015 edition of Scuba Santa® promises to offer guests new features and experiences. Further details will be provided on a later date.

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A newly re-imagined Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland will make its debut in November.

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 Bravo the Galapagos Tortoise before He’s GalapaGONE

Kids Get in Free during Winter Family Days, Jan. 7-March 1


NEWPORT, Ky.
– The time is now to say goodbye to Bravo, the largest turtle in the Midwest, after Newport Aquarium announced Tuesday the Turtle Canyon exhibit will close March 1.

Bravo, a 650-pound Galapagos tortoise, is scheduled to return to his home at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, S.C. on March 2.

Bravo, a 650-pound Galapagos tortoise, is the largest turtle in the Midwest.

Bravo, a 650-pound Galapagos tortoise, is the largest turtle in the Midwest.

Upon Bravo’s departure from Newport Aquarium, the Turtle Canyon exhibit will temporarily close for renovations. The greenhouse-like facility will re-open as a new exhibit in mid-March. Details will be revealed at a Jan. 14 news conference.

To coincide with Bravo’s final days in Greater Cincinnati, Newport Aquarium also announced the return of Winter Family Days, when two children are admitted FREE with each full-priced adult ticket.*

This family-favorite offer will be available from Jan. 7 through March 1, during which time the aquarium will open one hour early at 9 a.m. every Saturday and holiday weekend.

Your kids will have fun inside our 72-degree climate-controlled facility, no matter the weather outside.

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At Newport Aquarium, there is always more new to see and do:

  • Turtle Canyon – Features a diverse collection of more than 14 species of turtles that span three continents, including Bravo and Thunder, an over 100-year-old snapping turtle.
  • Surrounded by Sharks – Guests can walk through a 385,000-gallon tank filled with four rare and exotic shark rays, six species of shark, and Denver, the mischievous 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle.
  • Gator Alley – Showcasing six species of crocodilians from four continents, Gator Alley has one of the most diverse collections of crocodilian species in the country. It’s the home of Mighty Mike – who at 14-feet long and 800 pounds is the biggest and baddest alligator in the country outside of Florida, 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 49 birds, Kroger Penguin Palooza boasts one of the most diverse collections of cold-weather penguins in the country.
  • Frog Bog – Children have never seen frogs like this before as they can find secret frog tanks visible only when they climb through tunnels and tubes in the kids-only Frog Bog jungle gym. Frog Bog is the largest exhibit of its kind in the Midwest with nearly 20 species of exotic frogs.
  • Jellyfish Gallery – With more than one hundred jellyfish on display, guests will marvel at the largest and coolest jellyfish exhibit in the Midwest.

Beginning Jan. 6, Winter Family Days tickets will be available at the Newport Aquarium ticket window, online at NewportAquarium.com or by phone at 800-406-FISH (3474).

*This special offer cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons.

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Newport Aquarium, voted the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to 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 in 2014 and 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.

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