We are so happy to welcome new member Aquário Marinho do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to the Species360 global community. Built in 2016, the and spanning 26,000-square-meter AquaRio is the largest aquarium in South America and serves as a central source of revitalization within its historic Gamboa neighborhood.
AquaRio features 28 distinct enclosures and 4.5 million liters of water — including the 3.5 million liter Ocean Tancão ™. In all, aquarists here care for more than 350 species, from sharks and rays to threatened species of seahorse bred for reintroduction.
Focus on Education, Research, Conservation: “We must know to conserve.”
Considered the most biologically diverse country in the world, Brazil is rich in marine live. The country is home to the largest continuous stretch of mangroves and the only reef environments in the South Atlantic.
AquaRio is focused on protecting this rich marine ecosystem through education, research, and conservation. Following the mantra of marine conservationist and President Marcelo Szpilman, “We must know to conserve,” the Aquarium highlights Brazil’s rich marine ecosystems as well as those in other parts of the world.
“As human encroachment and climate change continue to threaten our marine ecosystems, institutes like the Marine Aquarium of Rio de Janeiro are a force for new insight and positive change. We are pleased to be a platform for the growing aquatics community, for recording, analyzing, and sharing data that is essential to improving the welfare and conservation of species,” said Peter Donlon, Species360 Director of Global Member Development.