London Zoo launches worldwide appeal to find and save Critically Endangered fish10/05/2013 11:18:47 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.
The team at ZSL London Zoo are now launching a desperate appeal for private aquarium owners, fish collectors, and hobbyists to come forward if they have or know of any females in existence, so that a vital conservation breeding programme can be started for the species.
Launching the appeal, ZSL London Zoo's Brian Zimmerman said: "The Mangarahara cichlid is shockingly and devastatingly facing extinction; its wild habitat no longer exists and as far as we can tell, only three males remain of this entire species. It might be too late for their wild counterparts, but if we can find a female, it's not too late for the species. Here at ZSL London Zoo we have two healthy males, as well as the facilities and expertise to make a real difference.
"We are urgently appealing to anyone who owns or knows someone who may own these critically endangered fish, which are silver in colour with an orange-tipped tail, so that we can start a breeding programme here at the Zoo to bring them back from the brink of extinction."
ZSL London Zoo is asking anyone with information about the cichlids to email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org