Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation – Update 12: A Work in Progress

Salties who have been following the $25.5 million renovation of the Toledo Zoo’s Aquarium (slated for completion in 2015) might be wondering about the status of the project since we haven’t provided an update in a while. Well, we can assure you that the renovation is moving right along. The following pictorial will give you a pretty good sense of the progress being made on the new exhibits.

The basic structure for the stingray/shark touch tank being set in place by Dixon Studios.

The basic structure for the stingray/shark touch tank being set in place by Dixon Studios.

The stingray/shark touch tank being test filled.

The stingray/shark touch tank being test filled.

There are now three female southern stingrays (donated by the Columbus Zoo) in the Aquarium holding building. These rays will be used in the new stingray/shark touch pool and will be moved into the Gulf of Mexico exhibit as they grow larger.

There are now three female southern stingrays (donated by the Columbus Zoo) in the Aquarium holding building. These rays will be used in the new stingray/shark touch pool and will be moved into the Gulf of Mexico exhibit as they grow larger.

The quarantine tanks in the new building are essentially complete and are being turned over to the Aquarium staff. After we cycle the tanks biologically (takes around 8 weeks), they can begin acquiring more animals for the new Aquarium.

The quarantine tanks in the new building are essentially complete and are being turned over to the Aquarium staff. After we cycle the tanks biologically (takes around 8 weeks), they can begin acquiring more animals for the new Aquarium.

Rooftop view of a Solatube that will beam free light energy down into the building for the live coral exhibits.

Rooftop view of a Solatube that will beam free light energy down into the building for the live coral exhibits.

Amazon Flooded Forest interior before and after the final texture coat of concrete.

Amazon Flooded Forest interior before and after the final texture coat of concrete.

Check out the Toledo Zoo Aquarium renovation page for all updates.

Photo Credit: Toledo Zoo

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About Jeff Kurtz

Jeff Kurtz is the Co-founder/Editor of Saltwater Smarts, former Senior Consulting Editor for Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine, and the aquarist formerly known as “The Salt Creep.” He has been an aquarium hobbyist for over 30 years and is an avid scuba diver.

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