NANFA-L-- Minckley Aquarium and Herpetarium now open in Mexico

Bruce Stallsmith (
Mon, 24 Jan 2005 09:51:05 -0500

If you swing through northern Mexico, the Aquarium/Herpetarium should be an
interesting place to visit. Minckley was a major figure in describing fishes
of the North American deserts, and also iin helping to organize their
protection from threats to their continued existence.

--Bruce Stallsmith
It's almost spring along the Tennessee
Huntsville, AL, US of A
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
24 January 2005

Minckley Herpetarium

W. L. Minckley Aquarium and Herpetarium

The W. L. Minckley Aquarium and Herpetarium opened in April
2004-in-Cuatrocienegas, Coahuila, Mexico. The facility is
dedicated to the memory of Dr. William L. Minckley, a well-known
biologist from Arizona State University who dedicated his life to
promote research in the Cuatrocienegas Bols—n and fought to
protect the biodiversity of this region in northern Mexico.

The natural area surrounding the facility is protected and has
about 85 species of fishes, amphibians, turtles, and reptiles.
The W. L. Minckley Aquarium and Herpetarium was established
to exhibit most of the native species (about 50% are currently on
display) and to promote environmental education for the
protection of these vertebrate groups.

The facility is owned by Esthela Velazquez and her family, and
offers excursions to become familiar with native species as well
as an art gallery. All exhibits are painted by local artists, and
show the native habitat of various species.

An invitation is extended to all herpetologists to visit the center
when traveling in Coahuila.

For more information, contact:

Arturo Contreras

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