May 11, 2022
Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Aquarium is excited to announce a new exhibit,
Wildlife Rescue: Miracles in Conservation, opening on Saturday, May 14 and running
until September 25. This exhibit features conservation success stories happening
around the world and allows guests to have interactive experiences profiling 12 endangered species.
Wildlife Rescue is about endangered animals and the people who have dedicated their
lives to helping them survive. Wildlife populations around the world are under enormous
stress due to pollution, deforestation and habitat encroachment. Many species are becoming endangered while others are on the brink of extinction.
“This exhibit profiles how species are being rescued, so we are delighted to welcome
guests to experience Wildlife Rescue: Miracles in…
May 05, 2022
Vancouver, B.C. The Vancouver Aquarium and partner organizations successfully used SonoMotion’s
Break Wave technology to remove kidney stones from a harbour seal recently – a procedure that has
never been attempted before on this species. Hermes, a 23-year-old adult male seal, is doing well.
Caregivers at the Vancouver Aquarium noted that Hermes showed signs of abdominal discomfort and an
ultrasound examination confirmed multiple kidney stones in both kidneys. This condition is not only
uncomfortable for the seal, but it is potentially life-threatening. Because of the unique anatomy of seal
kidneys, stones cannot usually be removed using standard endoscopic techniques.
“Following our diagnosis, we contacted the urolog…
January 26, 2022
Vancouver, BC. –The Vancouver Aquarium is thrilled to introduce its newest, rescued Northern fur seal
resident Lola. Due to significant vision issues, Lola was deemed non-releasable by the Department of
Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). The Aquarium has been his home since July 2021 and now the public are
encouraged to visit him.
Lola was found in poor condition and rescued off Salt Spring Island on January 21, 2021. Following his
assessment at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, he was diagnosed with
bilateral congenital cataracts. Two surgeries were conducted to remove the cataracts and improve his
vision, but unfortunately, he was still deemed non-releasable b…