The aquarium is privately owned by the biologist and scientist Milena Mičić, PhD, who founded the company in 2000. From a small family-owned business, Aquarium Pula has grown into a company which currently employs over 30 employees. It is recognised at the national level as an educational and scientific centre and is one of the top tourist attractions of the city of Pula.
Milena Mičić, PhD becomes a candidate for EUAC aquarium curator
Milena Mičić, PhD becomes an EUAC aquarium curator (full member)
Marine Turtle Rescue Centre opened in Aquarium Pula, the only rescue centre in the eastern Adriatic at the time
TurtleVet project implemented
Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci sub-programme partnership on the topic of marine turtle care in the rescue centres of Lampedusa, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; and Dalyan, Turkey
Milena Mičić, PhD voted businesswoman of the year
Official rescue centre for wild animals opened (Aquarium Pula and MOC) 2017 – EAZA Academy Aquatic Animal Welfare Workshop certificate received
EAZA Academy Aquatic Animal Welfare Workshop certificate
Blue Project implemented
Contribution to the development of service learning at VFSZ
Project for reconstructing cannon block (fort revitalisation) implemented
Aquarium Pula became the only institution responsible for maintaining young and adult noble pen shells in ex-situ conditions (“Noble Sanctuary”)
First screening of the documentary
First screening of the documentary “Noble Sanctuary” at the 67th Pula Film Festival, produced by Aquarium Pula
Milena Mičić, PhD receives the prestigious “Istriana” award
Aquarium exhibit space expansion begins in auxiliary building – Battery San Giovanni
Project “Poseidon’s garden
Project “Poseidon’s garden – artificial reef in Valsaline bay” started
Two certificates received from the World Sustainability Organization
Two certificates received from the World Sustainability Organization – “Friend of the Sea” sustainability certificate and the “Turtle Safe Award” for long-term sea turtle care
We begin by looking inwards...
Aquarium Pula is developing its business in a sustainable way, but to achieve this goal, it was necessary to change our own habits. Since 2017, only cleaning solutions made exclusively of natural ingredients are used for maintaining and cleaning rooms, single-use plastics have been completely removed from every aspect of our business, and separating waste has been standard practice for a number of years at the company. When creating and designing an exhibit, we make extra effort to think about how to conserve energy. By using modern technology, such as LED lighting, we save energy and ensure the welfare of our animals.
Teamwork – an important aspect of business
Along with its primary goals of ensuring the welfare of animals and the conservation of nature and energy, Aquarium Pula cares greatly for its employees. The company recognises the important contribution of each individual employee that is part of our successful team. Employees always work a single shift and often receive well-deserved recognition and bonuses, maximum newborn compensation and many other benefits which also serve as motivation for excellent work in the future.
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