Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta


On 23 November 2005, Georgia Aquarium officially opened its doors to the public. At the time the Georgia Aquarium featured more animals than any other aquarium in more than ten million gallons of water. Through a path of over sixty exhibits, the Aquarium tells a global water story, with features modelled after the greatest zoos and aquariums in the world. Each exhibit is designed to inspire, entertain and educate.

In 1979, Bernie Marcus co-founded The Home Depot, opening its first stores and its headquarters in Atlanta, GA. By revolutionising the home improvement industry, The Home Depot became one of the fastest growing companies in America. Bernie Marcus knew The Home Depot would not have achieved its full potential without the incredible support of the citizens of Atlanta and Georgia, including customers, associates and stockholders. Marcus desired to give back to the great community of Atlanta through a gift that reached as many different lives as possible, just as The Home Depot has touched the lives of a broad and diverse customer base. In his vision, he also wanted to promote economic impact for the city and state, bring growth and new jobs and help create a destination to inspire visitors to stay - and stay longer.

In 2003, Marcus announced his gift to the city of Atlanta - the Georgia Aquarium. Due to Marcus' $250 million gift to Georgia, the Aquarium was able to open debt free.

The above history is reprinted from materials available at website Georgia Aquarium.

(Source: website Georgia Aquarium)

Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

Tiger range countries map


"Tiger map" (CC BY 2.5) by Sanderson et al., 2006.


about zoos and their mission regarding breeding endangered species, nature conservation, biodiversity and education, while at the same time relates to the evolution of species.