Denver’s Deathtrap: SeaQuest Littleton Has Horrid History of Animal Suffering

Published by Danny Prater.

SeaQuest Littleton, a shoddy aquarium inside a shopping mall south of Denver, has been slapped with a federal citation for its failure to have species-appropriate enclosures, after a wallaby named Ben drowned in an aquarium tank there. That’s according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report obtained by PETA. Ben’s terrifying death came about because he was unable to escape from the tank, which had no stairs leading out of it. Sadly, he wasn’t the first animal to die at SeaQuest Littleton, and he likely won’t be the last.

SeaQuest Littleton Aquarium Wallaby Ben Drowns

Ben’s Death Not an Isolated Incident

This federal citation over Ben’s death is just the latest in a long list of concerns at SeaQuest Littleton. Animals who previously died or were injured there include the following:

  • A kookaburra (a type of bird) who reportedly drowned in a water bowl
  • A sloth named Flash who was burned on the face twice by an exposed heat lamp in his enclosure
  • Five birds who died after a guest in the interactive aviary stomped on them

In April 2019, after SeaQuest Littleton had racked up numerous citations, Colorado Parks and Wildlife suspended the facility’s zoological parks license for two years.

SeaQuest Littleton has stood by and allowed animals to drown, be burned, and be kicked to death.

This Denver-area deathtrap is a terrible place to take children, as it teaches them to embrace speciesisma human-supremacist worldview that, in part, prioritizes cheap human entertainment over the suffering of other species.

seaquest denver wallaby enclosure drowning death

You can join PETA’s efforts to help animals suffering at SeaQuest aquariums across the country:

The best thing you can do to help get all of SeaQuest’s decrepit facilities shut down is to refuse to buy a ticket. Then, encourage your friends, family members, and social media followers to do the same.

Want to do more?

Take Action for Animals at SeaQuest Now!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind