Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Aquarium History--The Zoo/Aquarium Archive Project needs your support

A 1873 halftone print featuring a plan of the Macpherson's Insectarium, an insect aquarium, made by an English naturalist, Macpherson. The Macpherson's Insectarium is an apparatus which he calls an "insectarium". It is a large case with sides of plate glass, so as to admit the solar rays to penetrate it freely from all sides. One of the door giving access to the interior, so as to allow it to be arranged, cleaned, etc. As certain insects, specially when in the state of larva, require water, there is at the bottom a small aquarium with irregular sides, forming a miniature lake; around it grow the different kings of herbs and plants which serve as food for the insects. Some grass sods on the bottom are indispensable, and easily replaced by fresh ones from time to time. On those plants which grow up high and flower in the upper part of the insectarium, lively colored butterflies are kept; and it would even be possible to have in this small artificial paradise exotic species, which may be produced from the eggs. The lower part of the sides consists of a piece of zinc full of small holes, and a wire gauze for the perfect ventilation of the apparatus.

'Of all the great advancements that have been made in captive animal husbandry, I feel the some of the greatest have been in the field of Aquariums and Aqua Culture with a long and varied history.'

From Mark Rosenthal:


I am involved…as you will see…in a very unique project called the Zoo/Aquarium Video Archive Project.
Attached is our first newsletter talking about the project. As with all projects we are continually seeking funding to continue it and of course give it some PR.
Would it be possible for you to post this PDF of what is happening with the project on your blog… if possible it would be greatly appreciated.


Zoo/Aquarium Video
Archive Project is
supported by donations from
zoo colleagues, interested
individuals, organizations and
businesses that understand
the importance of this unique
and one of a kind project. These
archives will be accessible to
people from all over the world.
If there ever was a way to
honor and preserve a legacy, a
video archive is the most
complete and multi-faceted way
to do so. Time is running out
for their stories. Donations for
the Archive Project can be
made directly to the Pittsburgh
Zoo c/o Dr. Barbara Baker,
President & CEO. The zoo is a
501C3 organization

'What a great project this is. You talk about "heavy hitters", there are some real "big guns" involved with the project assuring it will be something special and of interest to anybody involved with or interested in zoo/aquarium history. Let's all help out this most worthy undertaking.'

On a side note FYI:

Amazon.com: The Ark in Park: The Story of Lincoln Park Zoo ...


Greg May said...

KING OF AQUARIA says: "Tell Mr. Rosenthal that the 'King of Aquaria' GREG MAY is also the world's greatest publicist and would love to help promote the 'Zoo/Aquarium Archive Project'.
Mr. Rosenthal should be commended for his endeavors in such a worthwhile project."

Greg May said...

KING OF AQUARIA says: "If Wade can utilize an email photo I would like to post an article about the 'Amazon River Exhibit' that was open from 1966-1976 at Marineland of Florida on this most extraordinary website. In 1966 Marineland made an expedition to Iquitos, Peru to collect Amazon freshwater dolphins for exhibition and research. They returned after six weeks on the Amazon with eleven dolphins, but that was too many for the special tank that was prepared for them so four were traded to their sistyer oceanarium in California - Marineland of the Pacific - for two pilot whales. The seven remaining dolphins were established in a most unique exhibit that was one of the first reproductions of a Rain Forest in the zoological world."

Wade G. Burck said...

Of course I can utilize an email photo. I am high tech, pal!!! What is an email photo anyway? One sent through the internet? My email is wburck3@aol.com or wadeburck@yahoo.com.