Wanda García Rondón suspended at National Aquarium; Nuria presents evidence major irregularities continue

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The Presidency ordered the 60-day renewable suspending of the director of the National Aquarium after she impeded a film crew from Nuria Piera Investigacion from visiting the facility.

Early on when the lawyer-politician was appointed to the job that requires technical skills, Garcia Rondon has been criticized for not improving the conditions at the Santo Domingo Aquarium in Santo Domingo East. In May 2023, she was given a second chance and improvements in budget.

Garcia Rondon has no background in fields related to the National Aquarium. She has worked in government jobs and is better known for her political work in the ruling Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM).

When appointed to the position in August 2020 with the start of the Abinader administration, García Rondón doubled the wages of her position from around RD$100,000 to RD$200,000.

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I visited the aquarium in 2014 and it was sad, tired, and dirty but somewhat passable.

Her recent efforts and budgeting are really quite obvious. What a shocker.

We went again in the spring of 2022 and there was really no point. The nurse sharks in the underwater walkway were gone and I would say 80% of the tanks were either filthy, empty, or both.

The best part was the whale skeleton and some zip lining they had set up. You could hardly even call the facility an aquarium at all.

The zoo is also not what it used to be. Surprise surprise.

It does help when you have people managing facilities like this who are qualified in these areas. But who says an aquarium needs aquatic species when they have a zip line?
 
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