New space for sea otters and seals at the Aquarium du Québec

It is a large-scale outdoor development that will immerse the visitor in the natural world of seals and sea otters.explained Jacques Caron, president and CEO of the Society of Outdoor Establishments of Quebec (Sépaq).

baptized Louphoquethe project was presented on Tuesday by the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Pierre Dufour.

We are talking about a major and complete remodeling that will decompartmentalize the available space and allow a better use of it.enthused the minister alongside his CAQ colleagues, Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault and Jean-Talon member Joëlle Boutin. [C’est] a grandiose and promising concept worthy of the largest zoological institutions in the world.

Quebec hopes this investment will allow the Aquarium to continue its growth and attract more visitors to its Sainte-Foy location.

Development work is expected to be completed in 2024, according to the CEO of Sepaq.

Other aquarium residents may be transferred, or even temporarily transferred to other aquariums during the development work of the aquarium. Louphoque.

“The Charm of Otters”

6 to 8 sea otters Canadian should move to the Aquarium du Québec after 2024, according to Christophe Zamuner, general manager of tourist establishments at the Sepaq and former CEO of the Aquarium. The choice of this animal – called charming, intelligentand captivating by Jacques Caron and Pierre Dufour – is no coincidence.

A pair of sea otters float near Seward Harbor, Alaska, in 2016.

Photo: Associated Press/Dan Joling

Sea otters are rarely portrayed in zoos and aquariums around the world.underlined Pierre Dufour.

As with the bear enclosure that opened in 2020, the new layout will allow visitors to get up close and personal with the animals and observe them from different viewpoints and glass basins.

All will succumb to the charm of the otters. »

a quote from Jacques Caron, CEO of Sepaq

departure of the walruses

The aquarium administration announced the permanent departure of the walruses for breeding reasons. Patriarch Boris cannot be alone with his two babies.

The Boris walrus at the Aquarium du Québec

Photo: Radio-Canada / Nicole Germain

We tried to send the little ones to other zoological institutions and acquire other walruses. We took steps to bring news, it was impossiblementioned Christophe Zamuner.

Faced with the impossibility of finding mates, Aquarius has no choice but to let the trio go.

Such an animal cannot be alone. They are animals that live in herds. To respect the animal’s well-being, we made the difficult decision to send our specimens to two zoological institutions. »

a quote from Christophe Zamuner, general manager of tourist establishments at Sepaq

Walruses will leave Quebec facility in late 2022

No Marine Predator Pavilion

Sépaq confirmed that the project for the future marine predators pavilion, announced in 2018, had to be abandoned due to excessive costs.

The project was originally expected to cost $55 million. However, the latest estimates were between $85 million and $86 million, not counting significant operating costs, according to Jacques Caron.

The explosion of operating costs, costs to 85 million and we do not take into account the overheating of construction, where costs are exploding. So, as responsible managers, we put the project on ice.says the CEO of Sepaq.

If ever there was a renewed interest in such a project among the populace, then it might return to the scene, he specifies.

With the collaboration of Louise Boisvert

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