Santos Municipal Aquarium

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The Santos Municipal Aquarium, the country´s oldest, is the most popular city park and the second most visited state, with about 500,000 visitors a year, a figure exceeded only by the São Paulo Zoo.
Inaugurated on July 2, 1945, with the presence of Getulio Vargas, then President of the Republic, the Santos Municipal Aquarium was an initiative of Mayor Antonio Gomide Ribeiro dos Santos. With 1,000 m2 and 50 tanks, was the first and largest aquarium Brazil, appearing as such in the Guinness Book of Records in 1995.
In 1997 the Aquarium was reformed, tanks lost, but won an auditorium and space for the technical field. Until July 2004, the aquarium had 35 tanks with a capacity of over 200,000 liters of water, where there were about 70 different species totaling 300 animals.
On August 16, 2004, the Aquarium closed for a major renovation and expansion in the work originally planned for the period of four months at a cost estimated at $ 2.5 million in funding from the Dade County, the Department of Relief and Development of offices. The fur seal was transferred to the Orchid Hall, where he was staying at the lontrário by the end of the reforms.
The new aquarium reopened on January 26, 2006, in opening party attended by the Governor and the Mayor Alckmin João Paulo Tavares Papa.


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