The Living Planet Aquarium
Sharks, stingrays, penguins, and sea turtles are just a few species that can be viewed at the Living Planet Aquarium. The aquarium is home to around 2,500 animals and 450 species of exotic fish, sharks, eels, snakes, reptiles, and more. Four main exhibits allow visitors to get up close to all these amazing animals. These exhibits include Discover Utah, Ocean Explorer, Journey to South America, and the Antarctic Adventure.
Discover Utah houses some of the state’s threatened and endangered species such as June Suckers, and the least chub. The largest exhibit features three male North American river otters. The River Otters Exhibit is always a favorite to spend some time watching these naturally playful animals. Visitors will learn about the river otter, otter reintroduction efforts, release locations in Utah, and the importance of preserving and protecting Utah’s waterways. Protecting these waterways is imperative for the survival of many different aquatic animals that call Utah’s waterways home.
The Ocean Explorer Exhibit is home to saltwater species from all over the world. You will have a chance to see sea jellies, eels, seahorses, and seven different species of sharks. The young and old at heart can enjoy two stingray touch pools. Visitors get a chance to get up close and feel some of these graceful creatures. Prepare to get a little wet as the stingrays seem to like the attention. The highlight of the Ocean Explorer Exhibit is walking through the 40-foot long shark tunnel, which provides a whole new viewing perspective as these amazing animals glide right over you.
Take a journey through the rain-forests of South America where you will encounter piranha, caiman alligators, desert insects, tree boas, electric eels, tree frogs, and even 10-foot anacondas. As you make your way through this beautifully decorated exhibit, you get a sense of walking through the humid jungle. The kids will enjoy taking a stroll across the rope bridge. Finish up your adventure through the Journey to South America by visiting the Toucan Aviary what an amazing, beautiful bird species.
The Arctic Adventure Exhibit features 11 captive raised Gentoo penguins. You can watch these amazing graceful animals fly underwater. Gentoo penguins can swim up to 17 miles per hour, making them the fastest species of Penguins.
The Living Planet Aquarium is a great place to spend the day with your family and to educate your children about the importance of conservation and protection of the Earth’s wild species.
Take I-15 southbound to the 11400 South exit. Travel west to Lone Peak Parkway, turn left at the light. The aquarium is located on the left side of the street.