An all-new gallery is coming to Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. Expedition: Asia, presented by America First Credit Union, features Clouded leopards, Asian small-clawed otters, giant Asian fish, colorful birds, tortoises, and more. Beginning June 15, guests can explore the Asian continent, from high mountain streams through rainforest rivers and into the ocean.
The Aquarium is part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP), administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, for the Clouded leopards. There is estimated to be less than 10,000 breeding Clouded leopards worldwide. In the U.S., there are 87 Clouded leopards in captivity. Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is one of 23 institutions participating in the SSP for Clouded leopards. The goals are to stabilize populations and develop conservation efforts in their natural habitat.
Another highlight of Expedition: Asia is Asian small-clawed otters. They are the smallest of the 13 otter species. Their name is derived from their small claws that do not extend beyond the ends of their fingers.
Giant Asian fish, including the Arowana, Pangasius catfish, and Giant gourami, are also on display. The Asian arowana is endangered. Habitat degradation is its main threat.
“We hope guests will enjoy learning about the Asian ecosystem and the actions they can take to protect these species in their native habitat,” said Aquarium CEO Brent Andersen. “We are grateful for the opportunity to teach guests about our Living Planet every day.”
WHAT: Grand Opening of Expedition: Asia
WHEN: Wednesday, June 15
WHERE: Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, 12033 S. Lone Peak Parkway in Draper