The Aquarium of Niagara recently began a partnership with Buffalo Animal Adventures wherein children and families can get a first-hand look at some unique creatures.
At noon and 2 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, animal ambassadors educate young and old alike on the importance of wildlife preservation and conservation. They do this through a 30-minute show-and-tell with different and exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
Each week offers a new theme, as well as new animals. A Q&A follows the presentation.
Aquarium of Niagara education curator Sarah Courtney said, "It was important so that people could see that there were different animals that you can bring into the aquarium."
She noted Buffalo Animal Adventures wildlife expert Anthony Kelly "really touches on the conservation of the animals, which is one of our big messages. ... And he educates them about the different animals, and talks about how some of these animals are not good pets."
This program is the Whirlpool Street venue's latest endeavor to combine education and conservation with entertainment. (The aquarium is, after all, a popular tourist attraction).
"We looked at (Buffalo Animal Adventures') mission statement, and our mission statement, and figured out how we were alike. And we merged the two, because education is entertaining," Courtney said. "You should be learning and having fun as you're learning. That's a big thing, is the hands-on experience."
Tickets for the Buffalo Animal Adventures program are $3 for Aquarium of Niagara members or $4 general admission. For more information, visit www.aquariumofniagara.org.
Shown are some of Buffalo Animal Adventures' special Aquarium of Niagara guests.
Buffalo Animal Adventures wildlife expert Anthony Kelly.