The Last Reef Great White Shark
(not recommended for children 2 and under)
Cost - $4.00 per ticket (You may also purchase day passes with 4-D theatre included.)
Come with us on an adventure to the Falkland Islands where you will meet Gentoo Penguins.
Feature Exhibits Include:
The Mountain America Credit Union Penguin Research Station
Penguins waddle into our hearts in popular movies and television programs. They adorn our t-shirts, line our bookshelves and appear in our holiday cards. They stand upright and march along in single file. They huddle together when cold, and they swim beautifully. They love to dress formally, and they mate for life (well, sometimes!). In other words, penguins remind us of ourselves. That makes them a natural--and powerful--choice to help explain how the changing climate conditions around us affect our precious wildlife...and us. By bringing excitement and fun to The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, the penguins help raise awareness of the issues facing these and the other 16 species of penguins in their natural environment. Since penguins are specialized for swimming and diving in the oceans, human-induced changes to their environment affect them more than other seabirds. Oceanic changes worldwide are causing habitat deprivation and decline in penguin populations. The survival of penguins and all other wildlife depends on our ability to protect them and their habitats. If we are successful in protecting the penguins' environment, we are ensuring a healthier environment for ourselves and for our children.
The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is home to 11 captive raised Gentoo penguins. When guests enter the exhibit they will find themselves immersed in a “Falkland Island Research Station” where they will have the chance to observe the unique behaviors of these aquatic birds as they splash and dive underwater in their naturalistic habitat. On land, penguins are not very graceful, but you’ll soon understand why everyone says these birds really “fly” underwater. With paddle-like wings providing propulsion, and their feet and tail providing steering and braking, these animals will amaze everyone with their agility and speed below the water. Gentoo penguins can swim up to 22 miles per hour, declaring them the fastest species of penguins.
Want to learn more? Purchase your admission ticket today!
The Penguin Encounter is a once in a lifetime chance to interact with Gentoo penguins from the Antarctic! The Penguin Encounter is a 45-minute program designed to allow guests to get up close to one of the penguins from Falkland Island Exhibit. Led by an Aquarium biologist, the experience starts at the front of the exhibit and takes guests behind the scenes to the chilly penguin exhibit while discussing penguin biology, conservation, training, enrichment and care.
Call 801-355-3474 ext. 218 to book your Penguin Encounter!
Limit 10 people per encounter.
Children under the age of 14 must be supervised by a legal guardian.
Each child under the age of 5 must have an adult with them.
$24.95 per person or $19.95 for members.
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Whale Shark Sculpture Nears Completion
January 7, 2014
Draper, Utah – The finishing touches are coming together at The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, including our 40 foot whale shark! This is one of the largest whale shark sculptures in the world.
Local sculptor Stephen Kelser was commissioned by the aquarium to concept, design and sculpt a one-of-a-kind display featuring the life-sized feeding whale shark and 4 manta rays. Stephen “Tusk” Kelser is a long-time contributor to The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, volunteering his time and skills as a graphic artist when the aquarium first began.
The life-sized whale shark and manta ray sculptures will be displayed in the lobby of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. Their presence will serve as an educational component of the ocean gallery; contributing to the Aquarium’s mission to inspire people to explore, discover, and learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. As the largest fish in the sea, whale sharks have an enormous menu from which to choose. Fortunately for most sea-dwellers, their favorite meal is plankton. They scoop these tiny plants and animals up, along with other small fish, with their colossal gaping mouths.
Kelser will be available for comment about his creation at the new aquarium in Draper on Thursday.
As far as the opening goes, while we had hoped to open in December, our contractor is behind on the building, putting us behind schedule for the grand opening. We will make an announcement as soon as a firm opening date is set.
WHAT: One of the world’s largest whale shark sculptures debuts at The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.
WHEN: Thursday, January 9 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Our new location, 12033 S Lone Peak Parkway, Draper.
WHY: Come see our whale shark sculpture, get a sneak peek of our new building, and meet the sculpture designer, Stephen Kelser.
Media RSVP Requested.
About Stephen Kesler (aka Tusk)
“I love the process as much or more than the finished pieces. After sixteen years of tanning in front of a monitor, moving clay is a liberating move from the ever-increasing, two-dimensional/digital world I’m so accustomed to. Sculpture brings me back into the physical world. Other than fatherhood, nothing brings me more joy than working life into clay. Wildlife is something I’ve always loved and studied, so naturally is the subject of most of my pieces. More importantly, works I sculpt are simply something I’d want in my own personal collection.”
A natural creator, Stephen has a range of talents. The great-nephew of eccentric Utah artist Florence Truelson, Stephen comes from a long lineage of artists. He has sixteen years of experience in graphic design, including the branding one of Utah’s oldest and biggest breweries, Wasatch Beers. He started playing guitar at age 14 and has been a participant in multiple bands and music projects. In addition to music he loves motorbiking, and while not known to dance, he may surprise you if the right song drops.
See more of his work at www.tusklife.com or follow him on Instagram: www.instagram.com/stephenkesler_tusk
Meet the Otter brothers: Oliver, Otis and Oscar! The Otter brothers came to The Living Planet Aquarium in January of 2012. Oliver, Otis and Oscar got right to work bringing smiles to our guests every day. Now, while their new home in Draper is under construction, they are going to visit all the unique places and spaces in the great state of Utah. Lucky for them, they have some local businesses that are helping them in their adventure.
Follow our Otter brothers through social media. Keep up on their progress and sponsors as they travel through Utah. What fun places will they find to play? Where do you think they should visit? Could you guess where the Otters brothers will show up next? Win a trip to the new Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (a pair of tickets) and visit the Otter brothers in person. Weekly Drawings!Enter Here!
Win a Family Membership to the new Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. You have three chances to win. Complete your passport with a stamp from each of our sponsors. Return the passport to us. Your completed passport will enter you to win our grand prize: One of three Family Memberships to the new Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. This membership is good for you and your family to visit the Aquarium for an entire year. Passports must be turned in by December 14, 2013.Be sure to use the hashtag #LLPAPassport with all your posts
Send your passport to us in one of the following ways:
Drop it off at the front desk at the Sandy location at:
725 E. 10600 S. Sandy, UT 84094
Mail it to:
The Living Planet Aquarium
RE: Otter-ly Awesome Adventure
725 E. 10600 South Sandy, Utah 84094
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