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  1. snowleopard

    snowleopard Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium is the new name of what used to be a smaller facility in Springfield, Missouri. Located next to a Bass Pro Shop (mainly fishing merchandise) the aquarium portion closed down in 2007 and now 9 years later (after a staggering $100 million expansion and 1.3 million gallons of water) the aquarium is due to re-open.

    There will be many cool elements to the new establishment: an 80-foot wide outdoor video screen, glass elevators, bats, otters, a big shark tank with at least 5 species of shark, taxidermy displays, etc.

    Basic website (with little current information):

    Wonders of Wildlife - Springfield, Missouri

    An interesting article about the opening of the facility:

    http://www.news-leader.com/story/ne...curved-wall-wow-aquarium-heres-what/85047966/

    This next article states that the aquarium will have 1.3 million gallons, making it one of the larger American facilities in terms of water.

    Wonders of Wildlife National Museum Shaped by Conservationist
     
  2. gerenuk

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    Yeah I won't believe it until a month after they open the doors. This facility has been due to re-open for the last 5 years. Each time delayed by the owners intention to do something a bit different. It once was suppose to include outdoor displays for large American wildlife, a tropical rainforest aviary, and a manatee tank. The museum may still include these features.
     
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  4. snowleopard

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    Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium opens on September 21st and the USA inches one step closer to having 150 public aquariums. The long-delayed project looks to be finally ready for its debut, and there is a 1-minute long introductory video on this link:

    Homepage

    Here are lots of images of the 50,000 sq. ft. Wildlife Gallery (mounted specimens):

    Wildlife Galleries

    The aquarium includes a 300,000 "Open Ocean" tank, a 60,000 sq. ft. entry hall and apparently 35,000 animals:

    Aquarium
     
  5. snowleopard

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    The new aquarium and its 1.5 million gallons of water is opening this week. It is obviously a major facility with 35,000 animals, a $40 entrance fee and it apparently takes 3 hours to tour both the aquarium and museum. I've visited more than 80 different aquariums in my life and I can count on one hand the number of them that took 3 hours or more to tour.

    A series of photos and a video are included on this link:

    After nine years in the making, the largest fish and wildlife exhibit in the world opens this week in Springfield, Mo.
     
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