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 […]

Get Snap Happy and Win FREE entry for 12 months

Whether it’s a selfie with the seals or posing with the penguins, we want to see the best snaps from your visit to St Andrew’s Aquarium.
For the month of May we’re holding our Spring Photography Competition and we want you to get involved! All you have to do to enter is share the best picture from your visit on Facebook or email info@standrewsaquarium.co.uk.

The team at the aquarium will pick 2 finalists in each category (Under 10’s | 10- 15yrs | Adults) and put to the public vote on Facebook, with the winners getting an Annual Pass to the Aquarium!

Get snapping!!!

Introducing The West Sands Squad

Welcome to the family…

Our team have spent much time and love into creating The West Sands Squad, who will help us explain interesting fishy facts to our younger visitors.
We have a problem…we cannot agree on names for the cute 2-dimensional dudes so we are looking for your help! Over the next month we will be asking all of you to suggest names and will let the public decide upon the winning name, to be chosen from the shortlist we create.

Please head over to our facebook page and add your suggestions in the comments section of each picture.

A taste of the Tropics in St. Andrews as aquarium opens

If you go down to St. Andrews Aquarium this Easter weekend, you’re in for a tropical surprise. The Fife attraction has created The Reef, a spectacular showcase of themed tanks holding 15 different species of tropical and marine fish.

They include Green and Leopard Moray Eels, Pufferfish, Lionfish, Clownfish and Seahorses spread over five brand new exhibits located at the end of the visitor tour.

The aquarium invested approximately £30,000 on The Reef as part of a four-month winter refurbishment. It brought in 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.

John Mace, manager of St. Andrew’s Aquarium, commented:

“The Reef really does bring the tropics to St. Andrews and the Fife coast, and we can’t wait to show off our bigger, better collection of tropical and marine life to visitors. It not only reels visitors in but it’s a fabulous experience for them to end their visit on.”

“We’re home to more than 100 animals from all parts of the world, making us a go-to for locals and visitors from further afield. The Reef provides an extra reason to visit the Aquarium over Easter and during the school holidays.”