We're taking a break from the tank updates here though, since I was lucky enough last week to visit the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and figured I would make a quick blog post about the new changes at the memorable public aquarium.
While impressive, Blacktip Reef was not my favorite exhibit, as there weren't many smaller reef fish or invertebrates to be found hiding between the convincing-yet-fake corals.
Animal Planet Australia was representative of a northern Australia river gorge, and housed Australian birds, such as the Laughing Kookaburra and Rainbow Lorikeet, among other impressive animals such as the Australian Freshwater Crocodile and Flying Foxes. The decision to bring my binoculars to the National Aquarium was rewarded generously with close-ups of plenty of beautiful, exotic species!
The Upland Tropical Rainforest was another walk-through exhibit that could be reached by taking an escalator up into a misty, humid greenhouse packed with birds, amphibians, butterflies, and exotic plants. Golden Lion Tamarins were the main stars of the exhibit, but the multitude of bird species, such as Paradise Tanagers and Scarlet Ibises brought a lot of color to the enclosure. I stayed in the exhibit for quite some time, poking around with my binoculars trying to find some animal that I missed before. Tiny poison dart frogs (shown above) crawled over mossy rocks, and the stream running through the bottom undergrowth really brought the entire exhibit to life.
All in all, the National Aquarium was a tremendous display of proper husbandry, animal selection, and aesthetic display. I was thoroughly pleased with my visit back to such a first-class public aquarium, and hope that it continues to adapt and renew itself to continue to provide valuable educational opportunities for future guests!
Check out the slideshow below. There are tons of pictures from my visit, captioned to better show what's going on! Stay tuned for UMAC happenings over the summer, and continue to get pumped for Fall 2014!
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