ATLANTA (May 6, 2015) Georgia Aquarium is home to several endangered species and will be observing Endangered Species Day starting May 15 until May 17. The exhibits of endangered species at Georgia Aquarium will be seen like never before to help guests envision a world without these animals. Guests will learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and what they can do to help.

Exhibits of species that have been saved from extinction due to conservation efforts will also be highlighted. Guests will learn more about the situations of African penguins, whale sharks, coral reefs, sea horses, and how conservation efforts have helped save animals, like the American alligator, from vanishing. Staff and volunteers will be educating guests throughout the Aquarium about what Georgia Aquarium, and zoos and aquariums around the world, are doing to save species through research and conservation, and ways that we can help in our everyday lives.

Georgia Aquarium supports numerous research initiatives to help better understand and conserve aquatic animals around the world. The Aquarium also combines field research and the study of animals on-site to help contribute to the advancement of animal science. Georgia Aquarium’s work with African penguins, which are listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List, is just one example of conservation work that the Aquarium participates in at home in Atlanta, as well as in the field in South Africa. The Aquarium works closely with SANCCOB (The South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds), which is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of all coastal birds in South Africa, and is also a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ African penguin Species Survival Plan program.

For more information about endangered species that can be seen at Georgia Aquarium, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/animal-guide. To purchase Georgia Aquarium tickets in advance, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.

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ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Ga., is one of the world’s most dynamic aquariums—containing more than 10 million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be a premier scientific institution delivering an awe-inspiring entertainment experience which supports animal research and conservation; inspires learning; and instills a passion for the aquatic world.  Its exhibits and programs are of the highest standards, offering engaging guest encounters that promote the conservation of marine biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.