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Category: Animals

Community selects name for River Museum shark pup

After a month-long public voting contest, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has a new name for its Coral Catshark pup. Moonga, meaning coral in Hindi, was the winning name for the young pup. “Moonga is a direct reference to the shark’s species and one of the languages spoken in the region where these sharks are from,” said Jennifer Drayna, Outreach Coordinator. “Conservationist Baba Dioum once said, ‘In the end, we will conserve only what we... Read More
at Monday, June 10, 2019

River Museum asks the public to help name baby shark

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is asking the public to assist in naming its new Coral Catshark pup. The pup hatched March 15 and was seen on national news after video of the hatching hit the Museum & Aquarium’s social media channels. “This is an opportunity to give our new Animal Ambassador a name of significance that both educates the public and helps create connections for visitors and outreach program participants,” said Jennifer Drayna,... Read More
at Sunday, May 12, 2019

River Museum announces arrival of baby shark

After weeks of anticipation, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is excited to announce the hatching of a Coral Catshark in our Conservation Lab on Mar. 15. It is the first shark born at the Museum & Aquarium and is the newest member of our animal ambassador team. At a time when shark populations worldwide are threatened due to human activity, this shark pup will help spread a message of hope,” said Andy Allison, Director of Living Collections at the River Museum.... Read More
at Friday, March 15, 2019

River Museum engages community to help protect amphibians

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will host a free public presentation from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 12, highlighting FrogWatch USA, a citizen science program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The presentation will be hosted in the Journey Theater of the Mississippi River Discovery Center. Advance registration is required and can be completed at rivermuseum.com/frogwatch2019. FrogWatch USA provides individuals, groups, and families opportunities... Read More

Sharks are headed to a location near you

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will introduce a new mobile shark tank featuring sharks and stingrays on July 25. The Museum & Aquarium is one of the only aquariums in the Midwest with a mobile shark touch tank. This tank, funded by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, will be part of a new outreach program titled Ocean Odyssey. Thanks to a new outreach vehicle supported by the Dubuque Racing Association and Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, Ocean Odyssey will begin... Read More
at Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Museum & Aquarium Successfully Breeds Endangered Newts

Your browser doesn't support video. Please download the file: video/mp4   The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium has successfully bred its Laos Warty Newts ( Paramesotriton laoensis ) for a third time in the institution’s history. This brightly colored amphibian became an almost instant target for collection by commercial traders for the pet trade after initially being described in a 2002 scientific journal. Illegal harvesting and habitat... Read More

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