Our beloved Vancouver Aquarium is at risk of closing down due to bankruptcy amidst this health crisis. The Aquarium is home to more than 70,000 animals, including rescued animals who are incapable of living in the wild. These animals rack up a monthly food cost of about one million dollars, and without the doors being open to the public, the Aquarium is unable to earn the revenue to take care of the animals and maintain the exhibits.
What makes the Aquarium so important? Why should you donate? The Vancouver Aquarium is home to the only Marine Mammal Rescue in all of Canada. They rescue, rehabilitate, and release over 150 animals each year. The lives of these animals would have been lost, had they not been helped. This in itself, is a crucial role the Aquarium plays in our environment. If their facilities were to close permanently, they would not be able to find homes for all the animals within two months.
So how can you help? Well as Mulgrave students and Volunteers of the aquarium, we have started a GoFundMe Page here you can donate any amount you would like as no amount is too small. 100% of the donations will be given to the Vancouver Aquarium. You can also directly give to the Vancouver Aquarium Donation Page. If you have been looking for a present, gift for all those celebrating birthdays in quarantine or a little something to treat yourself, you can visit the Vancouver Aquarium Online Gift shop where you can find many things from plushies and metal straws to clothing made from recycled material meaning you also may be helping the environment while saving the aquarium. Any of these three ways will be of great help to our beloved Vancouver Aquarium.
As well, you can support the Vancouver Aquarium through the Whitecaps FC and buy face masks. Over 100,000 face masks have already been sold to help preserve the Vancouver Aquarium in just over a week. Everyone is urged to continue to spread the word as expenses to care for the animals reach over $1 million a month. Click here for more info.