Endangered fish restored to Tucson pond - Tucson News Now

Endangered fish restored to Tucson pond

(Source: Arizona Game and Fish Dept.) (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Dept.)
(Source: Arizona Game and Fish Dept.) (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Dept.)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Some endangered Arizona fish are getting used to their newly renovated home after spending a year away.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department says about 365 Desert Pupfish were replaced in the International Wildlife Museum's pond on Friday, Sept. 23.

The pupfish were moved to The Southwest Aquatic Research Center last year after workers discovered the invasive mosquito fish also living in the museum pond.

The pond was drained and renovated while the pupfish were away.

The wildlife museum has functioned as a safe haven for fish, turtles, and frogs whose populations have decreased due to habitat loss.

Desert Pupfish have been on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and State of Arizona endangered lists since 1986.

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