Salmon in the classroom

The John Ball Zoo is taking part in a program aimed at helping restore the salmon population. The John Ball Zoo Blog talks all about it.
May 31, 2014

In the blog, zoo officials talk all about their Salmon in the School program. Here is just a snippet of what they have to say:

"A number of Michigan schools participate in a captive rearing program, and Zoo School is one of them. Every November we receive fertilized Chinook eggs from the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery and raise them in an off exhibit area of the Aquarium. Salmon require cold water (about 50 degrees), meaning the water must be chilled. The other schools attach chilling systems to their tanks, but luckily we're able to run ours off the same machine that regulates temperatures for everything from the penguins to the tide pool."

The Zoo says they've been participating in the program for a number of years with much success.

"We carefully transfer them to a large insulated cooler and take them to the boat launch at Riverside Park where the water is relatively calm. After acclimating them to the different temperature and water conditions of the Grand River, the kids set the salmon free to swim the rest of the distance to the open waters of Lake Michigan."

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fredgramar

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