Thursday, 17 March 2011

Marine Mammals Being Moved Out Of Fukushima Aquarium

Japans earthquake and resulting tsunami have also had a huge inpact on local zoos and aquariums, especially in the north part of Honshu Island. Donation programs are now in place to help provide proper food, shelter and healthy accommodations for these animals. Some of the affected aquariums are suffering from a shortage of gas, fuel for their heaters, food and suitable drinking water for both humans an the animals.

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) is looking into sending food and other supplies to Sendai Yagiyama Zoo. Meanwhile as the radiation zone continues to grow in Fukushima the aquarium is looking at moving their marine mammals and birds to Kamogawa Sea World. Tomorrow Kamogawa will send trucks to Fukushima to pick up the animals. After the shipment is complete the Fukushima aquarium will be evacuated, the workers will have nothing to do without supplies and concern about radiation from the nuclear power plant in the area grows.

The cost of this transport is immense. JAZA is appealing to other members of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums for donations, but they are also accepting private donations. Click Here

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