Fresno’s Zoo is planning an aquarium. Here’s an early peek at the plans.

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo has usurped the momentum to build an aquarium. Now, we’re getting our first look at plans.

Fresno has a complicated relationship with aquariums.

Hopes for the construction of Aquarius Aquarium, first pitched in 2000 near Herndon Ave. and Highway 99, have remained high and a frequent source of interest from locals.


But, as The Sun reported exclusively last month, a different aquarium – led by the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and backed by the freshly-renewed Measure Z – is suddenly in the works.

Thursday, Fresno Chaffee Zoo officials are set to present detailed updates about their plans for Zoo improvements, including the newly-dubbed “Pacific Rim Aquarium.”

Here’s an early look at renderings and plans for the aquarium:

Features include a Jellyfish exhibit, ray feeding experience with beach-style wading pool, viewing rooms for viewing rays, and Indo Pacific Coral Reef.

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