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Amazing Oceans

Niabi Zoo's newest exhibit takes you on a journey to an amazing underwater world in the completely renovated Discovery Center located to the right of the zoo's entry gate. Explore regions from the Pacific Northwest and coral reefs from the Indo-Pacific to the Western Atlantic. Of the 50 species you can discover, here are some of the amazing animals you may see.  


 

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Giant Pacific
Octopus
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Moon 
Jelly
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Clown
Triggerfish
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Stars & Stripes
Pufferfish
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Lionfish
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Scorpionfish
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Panther Grouper
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Yellow Tang
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Clownfish
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Zebra Eel
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Blue-spotted Ray
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Catshark


Connecting to Oceans

Learn how even here in the Quad Cities, we are directly connected to the ocean by the Mississippi River. What we do in the midwest has an local impact on the oceans through farming practices, industrial runoff, and pollution from cities. We have a global impact on the oceans through use of fossil fuels resulting in climate change and ocean acidification, unsustainable fishing practices, oil spills, algal blooms, and plastic pollution. The sad result is the oceans and the animals in them are in trouble. Coral reefs are dying off at an uprecidented rate. Agricultural runoff down the Mississippi is producing a Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Plastic is accumulating in gigantic ocean garbage patches in all 5 of the ocean currents or gyres. 

Saving Oceans

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Can anything be done to reverse the damage done to the oceans? Yes! Niabi Zoo has partnered with Monterey Bay Aquarium in Californina and the Seafood Watch initiative to support sustainable fishing. Learn how Mote Marine Lab in Florida is regrowing corals and replanting them on the reefs. See how young people are innovating to collect and remove plastic from the oceans on a global scale. Reducing our carbon footprint by supporting green energy will decrease our dependency on fossil fuels to reduce global warming and ocean acidification. Recycling in your community using curb side or going to drop off sites will keep plastics out of our oceans and landfills. Visit the Oceans Conservation Station to find out more about how Niabi Zoo is helping our community save the oceans from right here in the Quad Cities and how you can help.    
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