ATLANTA (January 23, 2015) Georgia Aquarium made national news this week when Aquarium experts appeared in-studio on The Weather Channel’s Wake Up with Al to discuss Georgia Aquarium’s newest gallery and the importance of animal conservation.

Roger Montiel, manager of interpretive programs at Georgia Aquarium, gave an overview of Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone, Georgia Aquarium’s newest hi-tech and educational gallery. This unique 45-minute experience allows guests of all ages to learn about aquatic life during an expedition through a variety of immersive environments. The goal of the Aquanaut Adventure gallery is to instill a sense of appreciation for the oceans, lakes and rivers of our planet and an understanding of the organisms that thrive there. Each guest is engaged in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM)-related activities to provide a glimpse of the scientific process.

Kim Stone, associate curator of fish and invertebrates at Georgia Aquarium, discussed the importance of education and awareness in animal conservation efforts. Georgia Aquarium is home to thousands of animals, several of which are listed and endangered or threatened on the IUCN Red List.

The American alligator and Pancake tortoise, both animals that guests can see and learn about in Aquanaut Adventure, also made an appearance on set. American alligators were at one time endangered, but populations have been growing thanks to conservation efforts. Pancake tortoises are listed as a vulnerable species due to habitat destruction and overexploitation in pet trading.

For more information on Aquanaut Adventure and Georgia Aquarium’s research and conservation efforts, visit Georgia Aquarium’s website

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Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting the conservation of aquatic 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.