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    Niagara aquarium expands to protect threatened penguins

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    From the Toronto Star:

    A Niagara Falls aquarium is expanding so it can breed and protect the threatened Humboldt penguin. Read More…

    Pokemon Go helps boost tourism at Niagara Falls to all-time high

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    From Syracuse.com:

    Everyone who makes their living in the tourism industry in the Niagara Falls area is talking about it.

    Summer 2016 was reported as an all-time high, with the Niagara USA Official Visitor Center, assisting over 103,000 people, a 16 percent increase over 2015.

    “I watched the old movie ‘Niagara’ with Marilyn Monroe and I said, ‘Hey let’s go,'” said David Sage of Monmouth, Ill. visiting Niagara Falls on Thursday with his wife of 33 years, Jeanette. It was their first vacation in 21 years and they spent two days doing it all, from Cave of the Winds, to the Over the Falls tour, the Aquarium, fireworks, and of course the Maid of the Mist, just like Marilyn.

    But there also a more modern twist at Niagara Falls — Pokemon Go.

    Justin Devoe and Dean Goranites, both of Kenmore were enjoying the “beautiful new walkways” while they searched for their virtual prey.

    “It’s really good down there. There’s a lot of sweet spots,” said Goranites of the Pokemon search. “We found out about it online and came down to check it out.”

    Deadmau5 urges Marineland owner to set park’s animals free

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    From Yahoo! Canada Celebrity:

    Deadmau5 may have sold his Purrari, but he has some new animals on his mind. The Niagara Falls native has come out in protest of his hometown’s theme park and aquarium, Marineland, for keeping animals captive.

    On Monday, the 33-year-old music producer wrote a blog on his website entitled “Deer Marineland,” urging the park’s owner, John Holer, to remove the park animals and keep the rides.

    Our visits to the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY

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    Near the beginning of November I posted about a Groupon for the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY. Last year we bought one of the family passes as a Christmas gift, and it was one of the best values! We went half a dozen times as a family (5 of us) for a total of $25. You just can’t beat that!

    The aquarium is larger that it seems. There is a small tank outside with a few seals or sea lions in it. Then the building itself is surprising large (or at least it was larger than I expected). Inside they have penguins, fish, shark, and many other exhibits. There is also a large tank in the centre where they have some performances.

    As a member, you also get access to some other perks. The best one was the “touch tank” sessions. They have a room in the basement where there is a shallow aquarium. They have some sea life that you can handle and learn about. It was very cool.

    There are also all sorts of extra activities throughout the year, many of them open to everyone who has paid regular admission. During one of our trips in the summer, there was a magic show being put on. The room was packed and the kids loved it!

    If you haven’t had a chance to go over and check out the Aquarium of Niagara, I’d highly recommend it.

    As always, I’ve taken some pictures and posted them. You can see some of the thumbnails below, then click through to the Aquarium of Niagara in Summer 2012 gallery to see all 57 of them (in larger size).

    Note: As of now there are 3,707 images in 279 categories in the Niagara Falls Image Gallery

    I also took a short video showing some of the aquarium show. You can view it on YouTube or below.

    Rainforest Cafe threatens suit against animal advocates

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Canadian Niagara Hotels has threatened a local animal advocacy group with legal action if it doesn’t remove online postings claiming mistreatment of animals at the Rainforest Cafe.

    Last month, Marineland Animal Defense (MAD) posted on its website and Facebook page that an employee at the Clifton Hill theme restaurant said a number of fish had been removed from a 5,500-gallon aquarium after a crack had formed in a tank.

    According to MAD, a local group that advocates for the end of animal captivity at Marineland, several horse-eye jack fish died during the transfer process and a white-tip reef shark was being housed in a pool that is inadequate for the animal.

    The Niagara Falls Humane Society inspected the facility Jan. 3 and deemed the temporary housing met the standards of the Ontario Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as well as the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

    “It’s not my intent to get into a debate with the principals of that association, but I wanted to be on record that we’re dealing with these animals very responsibly,” Doug Birrell, president of Canadian Niagara Hotels, said of the group’s claims.

    New Sea Lions at the Aquarium

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    The critter count has grown by two as the Aquarium of Niagara has welcomed two new sea lions into their family.

    The young females were each found stranded under similar circumstances on a beach and rescued by the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California back in 2009.

    Sea Lions Receive Unique Eye Surgery, Aquarium trying for Pepsi grant

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    I heard about this originally this morning on the Buffalo NPR station.

    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo (includes a video):

    In Niagara Falls, the term “Cataract City’ takes on new meaning after two sea lions become the first in the area to receive a unique eye surgery.

    Thousands of guests come to the Aquarium of Niagara every year to see the sea lions. The problem was, the sea lions couldn’t see them.

    Although not mentioned in either story, this got me thinking about the news a couple of weeks ago about the Aquarium being in the running for a Pepsi grant. Someone emailed me a link to a Niagara Gazette article:

    The Aquarium of Niagara is hoping a boost in public support will help it win a competitive $50,000 grant to create a living coral reef.

    The grant being administered through the Pepsi Refresh project allocates funding to different organizations, individuals or ideas based on the number of votes the project receives in a one-month period.

    Aquarium Director of Development Gay B. Molnar said the aquarium hosts 235,000 visitors annually and is in dire need of votes from residents across Niagara and Eric counties.

    If awarded, the grant would aid in educating visitors about environmental and economic importance of reefs, establish a coral research and propagation/reproduction program and educate visitors about how recent climate changes are a severe threat to the existence of coral reefs — all in an 800-gallon living reef exhibit.

    The person who emailed me this went on to say:

    I wanted to make you aware of an issue/store happening on the USA side of the Falls. I think it would be worthwhile to post it to your blog…in an effort to get as many people aware of it as possible.

    I just thought it would be very beneficial for readers to be made aware of this.  As you can see from the story, 10 attractions will be getting $50,000 grant based on the number of votes. To have readers in Buffalo/Niagara be made aware of this and try to push the NF aquarium up to get one of the grants would be a good idea.

    Any funding/money that comes into our area for attractions can be nothing but a good thing.

    Field Trip: Aquarium of Niagara

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    It’s time for another field trip. This time to the Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls.

    Watch as Bridget and Mike play with the penguins and sea creatures in part 1 of this aquatic adventure.

    Niagara Falls aquarium plan sunk?

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Plans to build an aquarium in Niagara Falls appear to be a casualty of tougher American travel regulations, now that Ripley Entertainment is gearing up to build one at the base of Toronto’s CN Tower.

    Canada Lands Company, which owns the CN Tower, picked Ripley last year as its partner to develop three acres of unused property near the base of Canada’s tallest building.

    Ripley had plans for years to build an aquarium near Great Wolf Lodge, a resort also owned by Florida-based Ripley Entertainment, the company famous for its Believe it Or Not attractions. But in 2007, the company shelved those plans.

    That’s when tourism operators got nervous about the effect the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative would have on the number of Americans visiting Canada. That rule requiring American citizens and foreigners to show a passport or other secure document when entering the U.S., came into effect in 2009.

    “The one at Great Wolf Lodge has been put on hold for right now. It’s still on hold. It’s still on hold for exactly the same reasons,” said Ripley spokesman Tim O’Brien.

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