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17 Oct

Students Release First Class of Lake Sturgeon Raised at Tennessee Aquarium's New Science Center

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Chattanooga, Tenn. (Oct. 17, 2017) – In October 2016, the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute opened a brand new freshwater science center on the banks of the Tennessee River. On Monday, conservationists celebrated a major milestone in reintroducing the first Lake Sturgeon raised at the new facility into their native waterway.

With the help of students from Gap Creek Elementary School in Knoxville, Tenn., Aquarium biologists released about 700 juvenile Lake Sturgeon at Seven Island State Birding Park just a few miles east of the Tennessee River’s headwaters.

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15 Sep

Tennessee Aquarium Researchers Create First Map of North America's Turtle Communities

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Chattanooga, Tenn. (Sept. 15, 2017) – When it comes to conserving a species, scientists first must know two things: Where they live and why they reside there. A first-of-its-kind study conducted by Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute scientists Dr. Josh Ennen and Sarah Sweat seeks to answer these fundamental questions regarding North America’s many turtle species.

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15 Aug

Four babies, 16 "eyes": Aquarium hatches two pair of rare Four-eyed and Beal's Four-eyed Turtles

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Chattanooga, Tenn. (Aug. 15, 2017) – When it comes to breeding some turtles, making even small changes to their environment can be like trying to introduce new foods to an especially picky eater.

“You don’t want to go changing a lot of stuff, or you may unsettle them and have to wait until next year to try again,” says Tennessee Aquarium Senior Herpetologist Bill Hughes. “With some turtle species, it doesn’t matter. With others, you move them to a different space, and they don’t lay eggs for five years. It throws them off track.”

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