Toledo Zoo Aquarium to close for major renovations

A historic exhibit at the Toledo Zoo is closing its doors this October through mid-2015 for major renovations.

The Zooâ??s near 75 year old Aquarium has been exposed to the corrosive effects of saltwater over the years, which has taken a toll on the building. The Toledo Zoo will restore the Aquariumâ??s structural integrity after a recent evaluation revealed it needed extensive renovations.

â??This is good news for the region, which will benefit from the jobs generated by this project, and it is good news for Zoo visitors who will gain an Aquarium unlike anything that has been possible until this point,â?? Jeff Sailer, the Zooâ??s executive director said. â??We realize 2015 seems far away, but weâ??re confident that, once you see the new Aquarium, youâ??ll agree that it was worth the wait.â??

The renovated Aquarium will showcase touch tanks, pop-up domes inside exhibits and floor to ceiling magnificent aquariums. Majority of the funding for the $25 million renovation project will come out of a capital levy Lucas County voters approved in 2006; the remainder will come from private donations.

The Aquarium made its Toledo Zoo debut to the public in May of 1939.