LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Newport Aquarium opens their new Turtle Canyon exhibit to the public March 22, 2014. Turtle Canyon will feature a diverse collection of more than 14 species spanning three continents. From the largest tortoise species in the world, the Galapagos tortoise, to the smallest tortoise species in the Northern Hemisphere, the Egyptian tortoise, Turtle Canyon will showcase turtles of all shapes and sizes.
Animal Ambassador and turtle guru Ric Urban brought some of the species to be featured to WDRB in the Morning.
Turtle Canyon will allow visitors to the Newport Aquarium to view turtles up close and personal from multiple angles and vantage points. The new exhibit will include a turtle corral, which offers guests the unique opportunity to touch a variety of these adorable shelled creatures, including one of North America's largest tortoise species, the Gopher tortoise.
Two massive turtles are set to anchor the exhibits inside Turtle Canyon, giving Newport Aquarium a total of three of the largest turtle species in the world.
Bravo, a more than 600 pound, 84 year old Galapagos tortoise and the largest turtle in the Midwest is the star of Turtle Canyon. Hatched April 19, 1929 on the Ecuadorian island of Santa Cruz, Bravo arrived at the United States as part of the last group of tortoises exported from the Galapagos Islands. Not only is he big, Bravo is athletic and known for climbing rocks to reach food.
A 118 pound alligator snapping turtle named Thunder will make his new digs at Turtle Canyon. Believed to be more than 100 years of age, Thunder is the oldest resident at Newport Aquarium.
Newport Aquarium mainstay Denver, the mischievous 200 pound loggerhead sea turtle with a three foot long shell, will continue to roam the waters of the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit.
The newest member of the aquarium's turtle family is a six month old, 1.9 pound loggerhead, who was put on display at the Shore Gallery exhibit. After hatching in August at Emerald Isle, N.C., this female loggerhead has been fostered by the Newport Aquarium husbandry staff since late October. Her journey of survival has been documented on Newport Aquarium's official blog, www.aquariumworks.org
Fans can help name this young loggerhead ad by voting on Newport Aquarium's Facebook page.
For more information on Turtle Canyon, visit www.NewportAquarium.com or call toll free 800-406-FISH (3474). Visit the aquarium's Facebook page for #TurtleTuesday posts.
Newport Aquarium is open to the public 365 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.
One Aquarium Way
Newport, KY 41071
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