World's Largest Aquarium Gets Greener With New GEICO GeckosMar 17, 2009
Georgia Aquarium Celebrates St. Patrick's Day with Opening of New Live Gecko Exhibit
Atlanta, Georgia (March 17, 2009) - The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) today welcomed the traveling GEICO Gecko exhibit to the world's largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium.
"Our Gecko may be small, but he sends a very big message: wildlife conservation is important to GEICO," said GEICO President, Chairman and CEO Tony Nicely. "We're proud to share this cause with AZA and proud of the work our spokesgecko."
Where to Find the Geckos
The traveling GEICO Gecko exhibit is at Georgia Aquarium from March 17 through May 31 and features giant day geckos. Day geckos are a unique group of lizards native to Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands. The GEICO Gecko costume character will appear at the Aquarium on select weekends. Learn more about day geckos at the Georgia Aquarium.
"We're excited to host the geckos at our Aquarium," said Anthony Godfrey, President of the Georgia Aquarium. "Not only is the GEICO Gecko exhibit a great way to view these interesting animals up close, it provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about the important role the Aquarium plays in conservation."
AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy added, "Aquariums are essential to education and conservation. We're proud to partner with GEICO and the Georgia Aquarium to spread the conservation message."
The Georgia Aquarium is open Sunday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is $26 for adults, $19.50 for children 3 – 12 and free for children under 2.
GEICO Contributes to Conservation
The three-year partnership between GEICO and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will take the traveling GEICO Gecko exhibit to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across the United States. At each stop, GEICO will make a contribution to wildlife conservation. The GEICO Gecko is already using his star power on behalf of zoos and aquariums, making television and radio appearances to highlight his wild cousins.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is the third-largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States based on the latest 12 months written premium. It provides auto insurance coverage for nearly 8.5 million policyholders and insures more than 14.4 million vehicles.
In addition to auto insurance, GEICO offers customers insurance products for their motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATV's), boats, homes, apartments and mobile homes. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection and life insurance are also available.
As a member of the Berkshire Hathaway group of companies, GEICO is rated A++ for financial stability by A.M. Best Company and ranks at the top of several national customer satisfaction surveys. For more information, go to http://www.geico.com.
About Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world's largest with more than eight million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of the Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. The Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, the AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.
The GEICO Gecko exhibit was created by Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, an AZA-accredited zoo specializing in reptiles and amphibians. Visit www.reptiland.com for more information.
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