Seahorse Conservation Continues During Quarantine

While Birch Aquarium remains closed, our awesome aquarists are still hard at work taking care of our beloved animals. One of their most recent achievements involves the continued successful breeding of our Lined Seahorses! We currently have over 200 babies ready to grow up and eventually be shared with other institutions all around the country!

These fascinating creatures are part of our Seahorse Breeding Program. We also parter with other zoos and aquariums to breed Lined Seahorses as part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP), where their genetics are closely monitored to create the most genetically diverse offspring. Each SSP has a “Studbook Keeper” or someone whose job is to match genetic lines from all over the world! SSPs were developed in 1981 by the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help ensure the survival of selected species in zoos and aquariums, and to potentially return some animals to the wild. Most creatures who have SSPs are threatened or endangered. 

We are proud to be part of such a crucial program and thank our aquarists for their continued devotion to our conservation efforts. We hope everyone is staying safe and can’t wait to welcome you back to the aquarium when the time comes!

 

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