This newest family attraction showcases all four water habitats;
brackish, freshwater, marine and cold water. There are over 6,000
litres worth of aquariums that are home to fish, invertebrates and
The attraction was officially opened by Gillian Hall of the
North East Local Enterprise Partnership with the help of pupils
aged between five and fourteen from Percy Hedley School, while
college students added extra colour to the event by donning marine
This is the biggest new development at the zoo since its opening
in 2011 and visitors will be wowed as they enter the aquatics
centre with its illuminated aquariums, carefully designed LED
lighting and a rainbow of colourful fish from exotic shores.
Interactive visitor information includes a TV screen and QR
codes that enable visitors to access exhibit specifics including
detailed educational information via mobile devices.
Steven Sykes, Manager at the Zoological Gardens, said: "We are
showcasing all four fish habitats to fully educate visitors on the
differences. For instance brackish water is commonly found in river
estuaries, while marine ecosystems are among the largest of the
Earth's aquatic ecosystems and include oceans, lagoons, coral reefs
and deep sea.
"Establishing these different water habitats means students will
get all rounded experience in all areas of fish keeping, and we
have a great range of diversity in species. Our amphibians include
axolotls, caecilians and a range of frogs, newts, salamanders and
toads. The aquarium systems are to industry standard with full back
access and sump filtration, enabling students to develop skills and
experience in how to look after and maintain fish stocks."
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens is located in Ponteland, just
outside of Newcastle is home to over 500 animals and 130 species
and is a real learning environment where students study animal care
Northumberland College's seventeenth century estate spans more
than 190 acres and is also home to Kirkley Hall Farm, a veterinary
centre, 1,330m2 of gardens and commercial greenhouses and an
outdoor activity centre.