ENDANGERED SPECIES WEEKEND 

Meet 10 of Our Endangered Species

Friday, May 16, 2018 written and photographed by Mika Miller

Endangered Species Weekend starts today, May 17 through Sunday, May 19 and we’re partnering with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service! We have many species at the Aquarium that are endangered, threatened, or sensitive. Hover over the photos below to learn about ten endangered species you should look out for on your next visit to the Aquarium.

Asian Arowana

Aquarium Location: Expedition: Asia

Status: Endangered

Fun Fact: Asian arowanas are mouthbrooders. The male carries the eggs in his mouth until they hatch.

Yellow-headed Parrot

Aquarium Location: School Outreach Program

Status: Endangered

Fun Fact: Most of a parrot’s taste buds are located on the roof of their mouth. They don’t have as many taste buds as humans, but they do develop preferences for certain foods.

Banggai Cardinalfish

Aquarium Location: Expedition: Asia

Status: Endangered

Fun Fact: Banggai cardinal fish protect themselves from predators by hiding among the spines of sea urchins.

Green Sea Turtle

Aquarium Location: Shark Habitat

Status: Endangered

Fun Fact: Adult Green sea turtles are herbivores. They mostly eat aquatic plants, such as algae and sea grass.

Golden Poison Dart Frog

Aquarium Location: Journey to South America

Status: Endangered

Fun Fact: The venom of Golden poison dart frogs has been used for centuries to coat the tips of blowgun darts.

Razorback Sucker

Aquarium Location: Discover Utah

Status: Critically Endangered

Fun Fact: Razorback suckers can live for more than 40 years and can weigh up to 14 pounds! They are native to the Colorado River, dating back more than three million years.

Golfodulcean Poison Dart Frog

Aquarium Location: Journey to South America

Status: Endangered

Fun Fact: Golfodulcean poison dart frogs have an intricate mating ritual. It can last between one to seven days and includes calling, shaking of limbs, and sitting on its mate.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Aquarium Location: Shark Habitat

Status: Endangered

Fun Fact: Loggerhead sea turtles live in warm oceans throughout the world. These endangered turtles can be found in the coastal waters off the USA.

Phantasmal Poison Dart Frog

Aquarium Location: Journey to South America

Status: Endangered

Fun Fact: Phantasmal poison dart frogs are only .5 to 1.5 inches in length. These tiny amphibians snack on ants, beetles, mites, and caterpillars.

Desert Tortoise

Aquarium Location: Discover Utah

Status: Endangered

Fun Fact: Desert tortoises are herbivores. Their diet consists of shrubs, grass, fruit, and flowers.

Join us at the Aquarium by meeting several endangered species, learn what actions you can take to protect and preserve endangered species and their habitats, and enter for a chance to win an awesome gift basket. The Aquarium will be taking donations for World Wildlife Fund, an association dedicated to protecting species and their habitats along with many other global conservation projects. Donations will be collected as an optional round up at ticketing, as well as via the three wishing wells.

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