Today is Endangered Species Day. So what’s that mean? Each year, the third Friday in May is used as an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of protecting endangered animals and their habitats. At the Tennessee Aquarium, we focus on the incredible biodiversity of the Southeast and also introduce guests to other amazing creatures from around the world. Many, like our new Ring-Tailed and Red-ruffed Lemurs, are endangered species.
Our scientists at the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute are working to study and protect threatened and endangered species throughout the region. From colorful darters to colorless Cave Shrimp, salamanders, turtles and prehistoric-looking Lake Sturgeon, research and restoration efforts are underway to preserve the “underwater rainforest” right in our backyard.
Want to help us out? Here are three easy ways!
You can have fun learning about endangered species and their natural roles. Best of all, your admission helps support our commitment to conservation, whether that’s in the field here at home or through our participation in national and global efforts like AZA Species Survival Plans or the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group.
Your tax-deductible gifts to the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute support projects to save Lake Sturgeon and to determine if Alligator Snapping Turtles need more protection (in addition to many other ongoing programs).
Join the Tennessee Aquarium and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums to save animals from extinction in other parts of the world. Check out this video and then #InvestInTheNest to save African Penguins.