Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg ‘intact’ and running on generator, all animals safe

GATLINBURG, Tenn. —A county mayor in Tennessee says that an aquarium threatened by wildfires is intact and running on a generator.

At a news conference Tuesday, Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies was okay as of Tuesday morning. Workers there evacuated and were worried about the more than 10,000 animals housed there.

Ripley’s announced on their Facebook page on Tuesday that all animals at the aquarium are safe, and a team of marine biologists and life support experts are looking after the animals now.

For the safety of guests and employees, the aquarium will remain closed until the evacuation is lifted.