WAZA Welcomes New Member – Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Posted: 21 June 2022

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) is delighted to welcome a new Institution Member to the global zoo and aquarium community – Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach.

Located in Myrtle Beach, United States, it was established in 1997 and is a part of Ripley Entertainment Inc. Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach is home to 14,895 fishes across 229 species and 1,784 invertebrates ranging 70 species. 

“We are very excited to join WAZA and become a contributing member of this global organisation. We look forward to, not only sharing our knowledge, but also learning from others as we continue our commitment towards conservation and education. We look forward to actively engaging in new collaborations and developing long lasting relationships with other WAZA member organisations,” said Pablo Chavez, General Manager of Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach. 

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach has been accredited by and is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). It has also been recognised with the South Carolina Governor’s Cup award as the top visited attraction in the state of South Carolina. 

One of the fan favourite facilities at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach has been the stingray exhibit. The Dangerous Reef is another key attraction, where visitors can discover several species of sharks, sawfish, and stingrays, in one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world. 

“We are glad to welcome Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach as a new Institution Member. We look forward to them being a part of the global community of zoos and aquariums with a shared commitment towards animal welfare and conservation,” said WAZA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Martín Zordan.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach believes its mission is to take meaningful action linked to the survival of the species in the wild, as well as using knowledge and practical experience to help in population management. 

To learn more about Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, please visit their website

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