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Taking a Look Back: 2016

Taking a Look Back: 2016

December 31, 2016

2016 has been quite the memorable year! The past 12 months have consisted of welcoming more than two million guests, participation in various research and conservation efforts, exciting grand openings of new galleries and presentations, educating thousands of students, honoring our nation’s military heroes, and more. Take a look below with us as we reflect on the past year’s amazing moments and look forward to an even more exciting 2017:

Grand openings, magical moments and expert animal care: 

In addition to a year full of celebrations, we welcomed our new spokespenguin family, the Waddlesworths! You can follow George Waddlesworth on Facebook and Willow Waddlesworth on Instagram.


Research and conservation efforts locally and globally:


Our year ended with assisting the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) with the rehabilitation and release of rescued African penguins in Cape Town, South Africa. We also adopted the 1,000th African penguin chick admitted for rehabilitation at SANCCOB, providing financial aid for its care and health at the facility.

Learn more about our research and conservation efforts here.


Educating through aquatic application:


In May 2016, we reached the impressive milestone of welcoming 1 million students to Georgia Aquarium since our opening during Georgia’s STEM Day. Learn more our education initiatives here.


Military Salute for our nation’s heroes:


Learn more our Military Salute program here.


A look at a few of our top social media photos:

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