We are ending the first quarter with many national and international professionals in the zoological field, visiting The Dallas World Aquarium. As host of the 2010 Avicultural Society of America, more than 100 attendees from around the world will learn from renowned avian specialists. Josef Lindholm and Juan Cornejo will represent the DWA and present papers about Cocks-of-the rock and Horned guans. The 2010 Herpetology Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) Meetings are being held in Ft. Worth, with a social evening planned at the DWA.
We are fortunate to have four studio apartments in the Yellow Building. These can accommodate overnight guests or long-term interns that may be here for several weeks or months. Nigel Marven recently spent two days and nights at the DWA. This week Dr. Moya (USDA Miami) and Leslie Howie (Director of Toucan Shelter Costa Rica) are staying in the Red and Blue rooms. Vivian Yorojo, Aquarium Manager (Cali Zoo/Aquarium, Colombia) is spending a month in Dallas, as is Carolina Arruda. Carolina spent several months during 2009 at the DWA and recently returned from Sao Paulo, Brazil for a short visit to assist us with the baby penguin and the many new additions in the nursery. It is very beneficial for both the visitors and the DWA staff to work together and learn from each other.
Now completed for your enjoyment is the Lord Howe exhibit. The pristine island is home to endemic species, some of which can be seen in the display, such as the Amphiprion mccullochi. This very rare and unique type of clownfish (Pomacentridae) offers a chance to witness an exotic fish which is not yet seen in the marine aquarium trade. Josef Lindholm, in "Records with Rupicola," mentions the soon-to-open Caiman lizard exhibit in his article. Located at the base of the lek that is home to the Andean cocks-of-the rock, the lizards will share their habitat with Four-eyed fish.
For the first time since opening in 1992, The Dallas World Aquarium will open at 9:00 AM for the months of March through August. This allows for the better distribution of guests throughout the day and many prefer the morning hours when the animals are often more active and vocal.