Georgia Aquarium is a popular attraction for young children in Atlanta, but officials decided to name its dolphin mascot after 89-year-old actress Betty White, a lifelong animal lover and conservation advocate. Just this week, a beluga whale named Beethoven and Betty White got up close and personal once again in Atlanta. White first met the whale last year and devoted an entire chapter about it in her new book, calling it one of the “happiest and most memorable animal encounters of my life.”
Officials from Georgia Aquarium said the new dolphin mascot, Betty White, will embody the spirit of the famous actress and will engage, educate and inspire guests. Aquarium president and COO David Kimmel explains…
Betty White truly believes in the dedicated work Georgia Aquarium does on behalf of aquatic animals. Her commitment to supporting awareness for our research and conservation programs is remarkable, and her enthusiasm, understanding and passion for all animals make her an ideal ambassador for the zoological community.
Betty White has experienced a career rejuvenation in the past few years. She’s currently starring in Hot in Cleveland, but is best known as Sue Ann Nivens from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund from The Golden Girls.
American treasure Betty White says in her book, If You Ask Me…
One thing they don’t tell you about growing old— you don’t feel old, you just feel like yourself. And it’s true. I don’t feel eighty-nine years old. I simply am eighty-nine years old. If I didn’t feel so well, I might have a different philosophy altogether.
Georgia Aquarium, a popular attraction for families in Atlanta, is open 365 days a year. Normal operating hours are Sunday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission prices vary, depending upon the activities and attractions you choose. For a complete of ticket options, visit Georgiaaquarium.org. You’ll enjoy extra savings if you purchase your tickets on line and print them from home.
Fun facts about Georgia Aquarium:
- Opened November 23, 2005.
- Occupies approximately 550,000 square feet of land.
- Holds 8 million gallons of fresh and salt water.
- 25% of the public floor space is oriented to pure education.
- Special events space can accommodate 1,200 for sit-down dinners.
- Plaza space will serve 350 to 500 people for event luncheons.
- Facility accommodates 5,000 visitors for receptions.
- Attracted 3.6 million visitors in the first year.
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