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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.


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