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January 24, 2024

Hatching a New Generation of Conservationists

The Aquarium took six teens to Oaxaca, Mexico to learn about the local sea turtle conservation.

The underside of a sunflower star attached to clear acrylic with thousands of tube feet

October 18, 2023

Aquarium of the Pacific Partners with Others in California to Help a Critically Endangered Sea Star

The Aquarium of the Pacific, Birch Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, and the Sunflower Star Lab have successfully induced spawning in sunflower sea stars and hope to help reestablish wild populations off the nation’s west coast

Mountain yellow legged frog sitting on a rock by a body of water

September 7, 2023

Endangered Species Raised at the Aquarium of the Pacific and Santa Ana Zoo and Hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo Released into Local Wilderness

Approximately one hundred and seventy critically endangered southern mountain yellow-legged frogs were released into their wild habitat in the Southern California mountains on August 29 and 30, 2023.

Otter surrogate mother with pup Elle

June 8, 2023

New Sea Otter Pups at the Aquarium

The Aquarium welcomed three new sea otter pups, who were deemed non-releasable to the wild by the US Fish and Wildlife Service because they were unable to survive in the ocean.

test tubes on racks in a refridgerator

March 1, 2023

Aquarium Embarks on New Project to Help an Important Habitat Impacted by Climate Change

Kelp forests have been under threat and the Aquarium is joining partners in a new scientific project to help kelp.

Two wolves raise their heads to howl in a forest environment.

October 6, 2022

Aquarium Publishes Conservation Research to Help Wolves

In a bid to help protect an endangered species and encourage science-based decision making, the Aquarium of the Pacific has published a paper on managing the U.S. population of endangered gray wolves in the peer-reviewed journal Conservation Science and Practice.

Twospot snapper fish

September 29, 2022

Aquarium Fish Breeding Expertise Will Help Educate on Sustainable Aquaculture

The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of several partners on a team that was awarded a $750,000 NOAA Sea Grant to fund sustainable fish breeding and raise awareness about aquaculture among the public and commercial fishers.

Mountain yellow-legged frogs cluster on a rock at the Aquarium before their release in September 2022

September 16, 2022

Endangered Frogs Raised at the Aquarium Released in Local Mountains

Mountain yellow-legged frogs faced near-extinction after the devastating Bobcat Fire in 2020. Now, with help from the Aquarium and other partners, this species has a chance at survival.

Palm tree jets out of a sandy beach on a sunny day off the coast while a single person walks along the sand in the distance

August 31, 2022

Helping to Restore a Coral Reef in Saipan

The Aquarium’s longtime partnership with SECORE International has made it possible for several staff members to travel around the world to participate in hands-on coral reef restoration projects.

Zebra shark

July 5, 2022

Aquarium Publishes New Research on Shark Artificial Insemination

The study was envisioned by Aquarium Veterinarian Dr. Lance Adams and involved four zebra sharks living at the Aquarium of the Pacific, one male and three females. Zebra sharks are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

Sea otter pup holding onto deck

December 21, 2021

Rescued Sea Otter Pup Arrives at the Aquarium

The Aquarium is lending a helping hand to a baby sea otter that was recently rescued off the coast of Pismo Beach, California. Government wildlife officials determined that the orphaned pup could not survive on his own in the wild and deemed him unreleasable. The Aquarium offered to help, and the pup made his way to Southern California.

Aviculturist picks up an oiled grebe on an oil-contaminated beach

October 25, 2021

Aquarium Staff Members Helped Rescue Animals Affected by the Oil Spill

After the oil spill in Orange County in October 2021, four of the Aquarium’s staff members who are trained by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network were called into duty to help search beaches and rescue oiled birds and animals.

Mountain yellow-legged frog tadpole on rocks

September 9, 2021

Endangered Frog Tadpoles Arrive at the Aquarium

The Aquarium is currently housing mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles in a behind-the-scenes area as part of a survival plan for the species, which is endangered. They will be raised at the Aquarium with the goal of eventually releasing them back into the wild.

Seabird being rescued

July 30, 2021

Aquarium Aids in Rescue Effort to Save Baby Seabirds

The Aquarium of the Pacific has been assisting with recent efforts to rescue elegant tern chicks in the Long Beach Harbor.

High Tide Student Film Festival key word art over a black and white rocky coast with splashing waves

March 5, 2021

High Tide Student Film Festival Launch

SoCal students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit short films for the chance to win cash prizes and be featured in the Aquarium’s High Tide Student Film Festival