TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The Toledo Zoo has received a nearly $146,000 grant to help pay for renovations to the historic Aquarium it plans to reopen in 2015.
The money from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help fund life support systems for the aquarium's interactive touch tanks -- one for sharks and stingrays, the other for invertebrates such as sea stars and sea cucumbers.
Executive Director Jeff Sailer said the grant allows the zoo to provide top-quality, consistent care to its aquarium animals and to inspire visitors to conserve the natural world.
The touch tank exhibits are part of significant renovations to the 74-year-old Aquarium, a 1930s Works Progress Administration project. When it opened in May 1939, the facility was the largest freshwater aquarium in the world.