Published On: Mon, Jun 2nd, 2014

Mexican millionaire Carlos Slim opens Aquarium in Mexico

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Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera and Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim presided the opening ceremony of the Inbursa Aquarium, where visitors can observe more than 200 marine species.

Miguel Ángel Mancera said that this project, in which 20 million dollars were invested, seeks to attract more tourists to Mexico City.
The event was also attended by the Minister of Tourism of Mexico City, Miguel Torruco, who mentioned via Twitter that more than 5,000 specimens of 230 marine species will be displayed, enriching the tourist sector in Mexico City.

Carlos Slim and Miguel Mancera

Carlos Slim and Miguel Mancera

The first visitors took an elevator underground to start the tour of the 400,000-gallon glass tank where blue, yellow, orange and green fish swam among sharks and manta rays.

In another floor there are several types of jellyfish and a separate massive fish tank houses piranhas, crocodiles and tiny turtles. There is also a small lagoon where visitors can touch a ray.

The Inbursa Aquarium is located in front of the Soumaya Museum in Miguel Hidalgo district, and consists of four underground floors and will display more than 5,000 specimens of 230 marine species

The Inbursa Aquarium is located in front of the Soumaya Museum in Miguel Hidalgo district, and consists of four underground floors and will display more than 5,000 specimens of 230 marine species

Inbursa Aquarium director Alejandro Nasta says the water was brought from the Gulf of Mexico. “We decided to have the most striking (species), which is what everyone wants to see,” Nasta said.

Nasta said penguins are among the main attractions that have not yet been brought to the aquarium. He added that he hopes the aquarium will eventually become home to as many as 10,000 marine animals belonging to 307 species.

Mexico City Aquarium

Mexico City Aquarium

The aquarium was built in a Mexico City neighborhood that is home to gleaming office towers largely built by Slim and across the street from the Soumaya Museum that he constructed to house six floors of works by Impressionists, Old Masters, Mexican muralists, anonymous Mesoamerican craftsmen and others.

The aquarium will be open to the public on June 11 and the entry fee is 10 US dollars.

Mexico City Aquarium

Mexico City Aquarium

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/

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