St. Andrews Aquarium signs up as sponsor for Maggie’s Penguin Parade

Humboldt Penguins from St Andrews Aquarium’s Penguin are the real-life inspiration behind a colony of colourful giant penguins, set to invade Dundee and its surrounding landscape next summer as part of a Wild in Art fundraising event by Maggie’s Dundee.

St. Andrews Aquarium have signed up to sponsor one of the 100 penguins, which will be decorated with unique designs by local artists.

The tactile Maggie’s penguin sculpture mould was designed by artist and Senior Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Janice Aitken after researching penguins at St Andrew’s Aquarium and a penguin specimen at the University of Dundee’s D’Arcy Thomson Museum.

Maggie’s Penguin Parade hopes to be an important fundraising initiative to support the important work of the Maggie’s Centre in Dundee. The trail of individually decorated penguin sculptures will bring together businesses, schools, community groups and creative artists in a series of events culminating in a free and accessible public art trail.

One of eight Scottish multi-award winning, architect-designed centre’s Maggie’s Dundee provides a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer free practical and emotional support for people undergoing cancer treatment, and their loved ones.

“Maggie’s Centre is a fantastic charity that delivers an incredibly important service, and knowing that our colony of Humboldt penguins were the creative inspiration for the sculpture, it is only right that we should get involved,” said John Mace, Managing Director of St Andrew’s Aquarium.

World’s smallest crocodiles snap up new enclosure at St Andrews Aquarium

Two West African Dwarf Crocodiles have been busy making themselves at home at St Andrews Aquarium.

Nelson and Desmond have moved into their newly built enclosure at the Fife-based aquarium, which has undergone a wave of refurbishments over the last eighteen months.

The two crocs, which come from the smallest species of crocodiles, are native to the tropical lowland regions of sub-Saharan West Africa and West Central Africa. West African Dwarf Crocodiles grow to around 1.5 meters and weigh around 18-32 kilograms.

John Mace, Managing Director at St Andrews Aquarium, commented on the new display:

“It’s fantastic to see yet another part of St Andrews Aquarium completely refreshed and our new additions settling in well. Over the past three years, we’ve spent a considerable amount of time, effort and money refurbishing many of our animal displays.

John continued:

“The work on the new crocodile tank was scheduled to take place over the winter but after seeing how much our visitors have been enjoying our new Amazing Amazon room, we couldn’t resist starting early. Even our most regular visitors have commented on the difference, which makes all the hard work worth it.”

St Andrews Aquarium has undergone a major refurbishment over the eighteen months, with the opening of The Reef early last year, a re-vamp of the penguin enclosure and the latest new addition, the Amazing Amazon.

St Andrews Aquarium is open 7 days a week from 10:00am – 6:00pm, with last entry at 5pm.

Red-eyed tree frogs hop into the Amazing Amazon at St Andrews Aquarium

St Andrews Aquarium have welcomed one of the world’s most famous and recognisable frogs, the red-eyed tree frog, to its newest area, the Amazing Amazon.

The frogs, which are native to Central and South America, were used in the promotional material for David Attenborough’s latest series ‘Planet Earth II’. The iconic rainforest amphibians have a neon-green body with yellow and blue stripes, webbed orange feet and bulging red eyes, which are used to shock predators and give them a precious moment to dart to safety.

Joining them in the newly opened Amazing Amazon zone are White’s green tree frogs and poison dart frogs, to complete the trio of frog species visitors at St Andrews Aquarium.

John Mace, Managing Director at St Andrews Aquarium, commented on the newest additions:

“The Red-Eyed Tree Frog is one of the most recognisable rainforest frogs and so it seemed only fitting to welcome them to our new Amazon exhibition, where they’ll be in good company with our other species of frogs. We’re sure they will have visitors darting down to St Andrews Aquarium to catch a glimpse of the exciting new additions.”

Five fun facts about the red-eyed tree frog:
1. When red-eyed tree frogs first turn into adult frogs, they are brown with yellow eyes.
2. As with most frogs, females grow larger than males. Adult males are only about 5 cm in length while the females tend to be larger at 7.5 cm.
3. These crafty amphibians have very strong suction cup toe pads and can defy gravity and cling to leaves, sticks, and even glass.
4. They are night time eaters who catch flies, crickets, moths and grasshoppers with their long, sticky tongue. They’ve even been known to eat smaller frogs!
5. The eggs of red-eyed tree frogs can hatch early if they are disturbed by a predator approaching. The eggs can even tell between a genuine threat and a normal disturbance such as heavy rain or wind.

St Andrews Aquarium worked with one of the UK’s leading theming companies on the four-month refurbishment to transport visitors to the Amazing Amazon and also features hundreds of thousands of leaf-cutter ants in an open exhibition.

BEWARE OF STOLEN VOUCHERS FOR SALE

On Wednesday afternoon we were made aware that someone was selling vouchers to St. Andrews Aquarium on the popular Facebay Dundee page. Please be aware that these vouchers have in fact been stolen from the aquarium and sold without consent. We have reviewed CCTV footage identifying the individual and the police have been contacted.

These vouchers are given out to local charities, business and individuals to support them in money raising activities for good causes and WILL NOT be accepted unless they have been signed and carry an unique serial number which matches our records.

If anyone has bought one of these vouchers online, please contact the police.

We appreciate the support of our loyal customer base at this time.

St Andrews Aquarium hoping for an eggs-tra special Easter

Staff at St Andrews Aquarium are waiting patiently to see if the resident Humboldt penguins will welcome some special new additions over the Easter break.

The waddle of penguins at the Fife-based Aquarium have laid two eggs, which staff are closely monitoring in the hopes they’ll successfully hatch. The average incubation period is around 42 days.

Humboldt’s are medium-sized penguins and are around 60cm in height and around 4-5kg in weight. Originating from South America, their numbers have been in steady decline over the past decade due to over fishing, habitat destruction and climate change.

John Mace, Managing Director of St Andrews Aquarium, commented:

“Everybody here at St Andrew’s Aquarium has their fingers crossed that we’ll be welcoming some new additions into Penguins Cove within the next couple of weeks. This is the first time the penguins have incubated their eggs themselves, so this change of behaviour is a positive sign.

“Whilst everybody is enjoying their chocolate eggs, we’ll be sure to be keeping a close eye on our special Easter delivery.”

The penguins have been settling into their new surroundings after a redevelopment of the enclosure by one of the UK’s leading aquarium theming companies. ‘Penguin’s Cove’ is the latest in a wave of refurbishments for St Andrews Aquarium.

Last Spring, they opened ‘The Reef’, after enlisting the help of leading European aquarium company Aquarium Technology Ltd to reproduce the look of tropical waters using replica corals and imitation rocks, with displays that create the feel of walking through a reef. This Easter, they opened the new ‘Amazing Amazon’ zone, complete with an impressive ant display and one of Scotland’s largest amazon fish tanks.

Catch a glimpse of the Amazon at St Andrews Aquarium’s new exhibition

Visitors to St Andrews Aquarium this Easter break will find themselves transported over 5000 miles into the tropics of the Amazon in a new exhibition, the Amazing Amazon, which opened last weekend.

St Andrews Aquarium worked with one of the UK’s leading theming companies on the four-month refurbishment. Visitors will be able watch hundreds of thousands of leaf-cutter ants as they go about their daily activities in the open exhibition, as well as catch a glimpse of some frogs, fishes, turtles, leeches and the odd piranha in this impressive new zone.

Covering over 2.1 million square miles, the Amazon Rainforest is home to over reptiles and over 420 amphibians. St Andrews Aquarium have introduced five new exhibits, including the largest Amazonian tank in Scotland, housing just some of the animals found in the largest rainforest in the world.

John Mace, Managing Director at St Andrews Aquarium, commented on the completion of the new area:

“The development of the Amazing Amazon exhibition has been another exciting addition to St Andrews Aquarium. We’re continuing to invest in refurbishments to ensure that our visitors get the very best experience and we’re delighted that people can now come and enjoy this exciting new exhibition and see some of the incredible Amazonian animals.”

Nursery children were among the first to experience the newly opened Amazing Amazon exhibition at a special visit on Tuesday 28th March. The five youngsters from Roseangle House Nursery in Dundee, who are due to open their St Andrews nursery next week, were invited along for a special first look.

St Andrews Aquarium has undergone some major refurbishments over the last year, with the opening of The Reef early last year, a re-vamp of the penguin enclosure and the latest new addition, the Amazing Amazon.

St Andrews Aquarium is open 7 days a week from 10:00am – 6:00pm, with last entry at 5pm.

Watch the space…Amazing Amazon coming soon!

We are currently working on a major refurbishment project to completely redevelop our Amazon room. Expect 5 new exhibits including 1 HUGE new tank!

We are currently under-going a large refurbishment project to completely redevelop our amazon room. This room is completely closed as we work to complete our newest area, THE AMAZING AMAZON. You can expect 5 completely new exhibits including the largest Amazonian tank in Scotland…it is pretty impressive!

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time but we are sure you will all be impressed when we unveil near the end of March.

Please note all entry prices have been discounted by £2 during this time.

Penguin enclosure re-vamp

St Andrews Aquarium’s waddle of Humboldt penguins have been settling into their new surroundings after an exciting redevelopment by one of the UK’s leading aquarium theming companies. The new £50,000 enclosure boasts being the ‘newest and best in the UK’ and the penguins – and their aquarium friends – have given it their seal of approval.

The enclosure is now home to the aquarium’s six resident penguins, who were all named after Andy Murray and members of his family after a public competition and have even been given the nod from the Murray’s themselves after a visit from Judy in 2013. St Andrews Aquarium offer a popular penguin feeding experience, giving visitors the chance to learn all about the penguins, prepare their food and step inside the enclosure for a unique and unforgettable experience.

John Mace, Managing Director of St Andrews Aquarium, commented:

“We’re delighted by the transformation of our penguin enclosure at St Andrews Aquarium and it’s been great to see the penguins enjoying their new home. The exciting redevelopment, as well as the addition of our new tropical zone ‘The Reef’, means that even if you’ve visited the Aquarium before there will be lots more to see over the October break!”

Humboldt’s are medium-sized penguins and are around 60cm in height and around 4-5kg in weight. Originating from South America, their numbers have been in steady decline over the past decade due to over fishing, habitat destruction and climate change.

The redesign of the penguin enclosure comes during the latest wave of refurbishments for St Andrews Aquarium. In Spring, the aquarium opened ‘The Reef’, after enlisting the help of leading European aquarium company Aquarium Technology Ltd and splashing out £30,000 to reproduce the look of tropical waters using replica corals and imitation rocks, with displays that create the feel of walking through a reef.

St Andrews Aquarium welcomes new seal pup called Luna

After the sudden and tragic death of visitor favourite Laurel and young harbour seal, Leif, earlier this year, St Andrews Aquarium have welcomed a new common seal pup, Luna, to the aquarium family. 10-month-old Luna travelled 1,286 miles across Europe by car to his new home after Kattegatcentret Aquarium in Grena, Denmark contacted the Fife-based […]

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