November 19, 2018

World Aquarium in downtown cited for dirty facility and unfed animals

ST. LOUIS • The World Aquarium, a nonprofit aquarium tucked inside downtown’s City Museum, has been cited for a series of violations stemming from poor sanitation, murky water and unfed animals.

An inspection last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found 12 specific violations. Inspector Amanda J. Owens ordered swift remedial action.

The aquarium houses more than 40 mammals, and hundreds of fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians, according to the USDA. The nonprofit opened last decade in leased space at City Museum, a popular tourist attraction downtown. The aquarium previously had been situated in the Hanley Industrial Court in St. Louis