Columbus Zoo receives top honors and conservation award

Top Honors were received by both the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds in the North American Conservation Award category for the Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center (FMCRC). This award recognizes exceptional efforts by AZA institutions toward regional habitat preservation, species restoration, and support of biodiversity in the wild. The FMCRC is a unique and dynamic partnership between the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Wilds, The Ohio State University, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

The FMCRC was opened in 2001along the banks of the Scioto River near the Columbus Zoo to assist in the propagation and conservation of highly endangered freshwater mussel species. The primary goals of the Center are to: 1) establish brood stock of target endangered species; 2) conduct basic conservation research on mussels including host identification, phylogenetic analyses, and health parameters; 3) culture and propagate newly transformed mussels for eventual introduction to the wild; 4) translocation of targeted endangered species; 5) offer temporary refuge to mussels removed from situations where there have been environmental disasters; and 6) provide educational outreach opportunities for the citizens of Central Ohio.

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Posted on October 6, 2011, in Pop Culture and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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