Though winter weather surrounds Eastern Iowa, spring is in the air at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The institution is excited to announce the recent birth of three new yellow stingray babies and the laying of coral catshark eggs.
The Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE) program leverages the collective expertise within AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and their massive audiences to save species through protection of threatened animals, establishing recovery plans, collaborating with AZA member institutions, implementing strategic conservation and stakeholder engagement activities, and measuring and reporting conservation progress.
This is not the institution’s first time caring for juvenile stingrays; however, it is the first time the institution has cared for shark eggs. Visitors to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium can view shark egg cases and a baby Yellow Stingray in the Conservation Lab.