Hall 1 - Freshwater Fish
Take a tour of freshwater fish in unique, specially-created freshwater environments based on rivers and lakes from around the world.
Hall One recreates different fascinating freshwater environments based on rivers and lakes with the fish that inhabit them. Hall One includes a flooded bamboo forest, Mexican springs, the Mekong river, and a Madagascar river as well as British rock pools featuring pink sea fans
Freshwater represents the most threatened of all aquatic ecosystems and many freshwater species have a very high livelihood value for local human communities. Many of the fish housed in the Aquarium's Hall One are involved in our breeding and conservation programmes, with some of the species of fish featured classified as extinct in the wild.
Fish Net is one of ZSL's conservation projects created as a measure to save many freshwater fishes from extinction.
The project currently focuses on killifish and livebearers which are small freshwater fish with localised distributions and are considered important bio-indicators of ecosystem health. Many of these highly threatened species are very popular within the private aquarium trade. Some of these species are on show in Hall One of ZSL London Zoo's Aquarium.
ZSL has already developed internationally recognised expertise with the breeding and management of a wide variety of endangered freshwater fish. We have have a strong track record of utilising the zoological, research and field conservation skills across ZSL to measurably improve the status of species in the wild. The Fish Net would build on our experiences to develop a dedicated programme for freshwater fish conservation within ZSL.