Fun with fish

An annual spring cleaning of the Zoo’s Genessee Trail Exhibit stream provided an opportunity for staff to perform physical examinations from fin to gill on all of the fish inhabitants.

The stream habitat in the Genesee Trail Exhibit is home to two native species, including two lake sturgeon, two largemouth bass as well as two undesirable invasive, exotic species (three ornamental koi and one carnival-prize goldfish). All fish were examined by veterinary staff and individually microchipped, like a pet dog or cat, followed by safe-and-sound return to their new clean underwater home.

The Genesee Trail highlights signature species like bald eagles and lake sturgeon returned to the Greater Rochester area from the brink of extinction by local conservation heroes from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The non-native and invasive koi and goldfish, as beautiful as they are, represent examples of America’s least wanted fish species illegally introduced by irresponsible pet owners into our fragile waterways.

– Dr. Jeff Wyatt, Director of Animal Health & Conservation