Monday, 13 May 2013

London Zoo launches worldwide appeal to find and save Critically Endangered fish

Male Seeking Female: Must Want Kids 

May 2013. Fish experts at ZSL London Zoo have launched an urgent worldwide appeal to find a female mate for the last remaining males of a critically endangered fish species.

Extinct in the wild - Only captive fish are male
The Mangarahara cichlid (Ptychochromis Insolitus) is believed to be extinct in the wild, due to the introduction of dams drying up its habitat of the Mangarahara River in Madagascar, and two of the last known individuals are residing in ZSL London Zoo's Aquarium. And as if the situation wasn't dire enough for this tropical fish species, the individuals at ZSL London Zoo are unfortunately both male. 

None known in captivity
The Curator of the Aquarium at ZSL London Zoo, Brian Zimmerman, along with colleagues at Zurich Zoo in Switzerland set about trying to find other Mangaraharan cichlids in zoos around the world - using international zoo and aquarium associations to reach as many experts and aquarists as possible, but had no luck finding surviving females. 

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