WCS’s New York Aquarium Set To Reopen after Sandy

April 6, 2013

Reporting on the aquarium’s comeback following Hurricane Sandy, ABC News visited Coney Island to talk with WCS Vice President and Director of the New York Aquarium, Jon Forrest Dohlin.

The Wildlife Conservation Society will partially reopen the New York Aquarium on Saturday, May 25.

This partial reopening will come about 7 months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the 14-acre aquarium campus, severely damaging its buildings,exhibits, and the facility’s aquatic life support systems.

The partial reopening will include:Glover’s Reef (featuring the sea life found in Glover's Reef, Belize); Exhibits in Conservation Hall (Coral Triangle of Fiji, Great Lakes of EastAfrica, and the Flooded Forests of the Amazon;) Outdoor spaces of Sea Cliffs (walrus, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and penguins); And a fully re-modeled Aquatheater with a new sea lion demonstration.

"We are ready to welcome New York families and tourists back into the WCS New York Aquarium," said Cristián Samper, WCS President and CEO. "We have worked nonstop to ensure that the marine life in the aquarium was safe and secure. We want to share this progress with New Yorkers and be a part of the Coney Island comeback following Hurricane Sandy. The aquarium is an important economic engine for the community, providing jobs and sparking commerce. We have been encouraged by the outreach from the city and across the country urging us to reopen."
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