Dallas World Aquarium & Zoological Gardens
1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX, USA
Dallas World Aquarium & Zoological Gardens Reviews
Dallas World Aquarium Apr 29, 2008
The aquarium features more than 85,000 gallons (321,800 l) of saltwater with marine life from around the world. Walk through the 22,000-gallon (83,280 l) tunnel to experience a panoramic view of reef life. Many animals found at the top of the food chain can be seen in the Predators exhibit. Ten 2,000-gallon (7,571 l) displays present marine life from around the world - Palau, Southern Australia, Lord Howe Island, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Bahamas, British Columbia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Japan. Representing the waters of four continents, three oceans and various seas, the aquarium gives a glimpse of the underwater world.
The Orinoco - Secrets of the River rainforest exhibit represents the relatively unknown South American Orinoco River basin. Located entirely in Venezuela, the Orinoco River begins along the Venezuela-Brazil border in the Parima Mountain Range and continues approximately 1,600 miles (2,575 km) before it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The tropical rainforest and savannas in this area are home to unparalleled concentrations of flora and fauna.
Located at the southern tip of the African continent is a diverse and fascinating region. South Africa contains nine natural biomes, ranging from desert in the west to evergreen forest in the east. Dominated by a central plateau, the region has no navigable rivers. The South Africa outdoor, lagoon-like exhibit represents both plants and animals from this area.
Mundo Maya is an eight-story, immersion exhibit that takes visitors from the waters of the Yucatan's gulf coast to the highland rainforests. This great culture believed that nature did not need to be conquered or subdued. Many plants and animals were given important roles in their daily lives. The land of the ancient Maya included the countries of modern day Belize and Guatemala, the western parts of Honduras and El Salvador, and five Mexican states (Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Campeche and Chiapas).
It is the goal of The Dallas World Aquarium to instill the desire to understand our environment and the importance of conserving and protecting Earth's resources. By studying and presenting diverse habitats and species, we hope to better comprehend the complex relationship between species and their interdependence on each other. The loss of species results in consequences for all living things - including humans.
The Dallas World Aquarium is committed to a number of conservation programs, both small and large scale.
Working with the National Marine Fisheries and Hawaii's Sea Life Park, The Dallas World Aquarium acts as a foster parent to young Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) in the Head Start Program. Every two to three years a pair of young hatchlings is sent to the aquarium where they live until they are large enough to survive on their own. The Green sea turtles are then returned to Hawaii for release back into their natural habitat.
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