• Matt Esnayra

Aquarium of the Pacific to reopen outdoor exhibits

A day after the City of Long Beach declared they are lifting stay at home orders, the Aquarium of the Pacific announced Tuesday the reopening of its outdoor exhibits on Saturday, Jan 30.

Why it matters:

Like all other zoos and aquariums, the Aquarium of the Pacific has struggled financially as coronavirus lockdowns forced people to stay home, especially during the busiest times of the year, forcing administrators to make budget cuts and layoffs, the AP reports.

  • During the pandemic, the aquarium provided guests with virtual exhibits and live-streamed animal exhibits, like the penguins, sharks, and sea jellies, per blooloop.

  • CFO Anthony Brown told the Long Beach Business Journal that the aquarium is in a $14 million shortfall due to closures.

  • In December 2020, President and CEO Dr. Peter Kareiva told ABC 7 that "We just bleed money," and "We have zero income, and you can't scrimp on animal care."

  • Kareiva said the cost of operating the aquarium runs about $1.8 million a month, with $750,000 per month to feed and care for the animals. Plus, the aquarium is charging half the original admission, the Grunion reports.

What's going to be open: Guests will get to experience exhibits like the shark's lagoon, penguins, seals, and sea lions, to name a few.

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