Three Male Fish, the Last of Their Kind, Must Find a Mate or Go Extinct

Written by Stephen Messenger

If you happen to know of any female fish of the Mangarahara cichlid variety, the London Zoo would very much like to introduce her to a couple of extremely eligible bachelors.

The zoo’s aquarium is home to two of the three remaining Mangarahara cichlids known to exist — the only problem is, they’re all males. So now, in a last-ditch bid to preserve the species from impending extinction, the zoo has issued a personal ad of sorts to find them a mate, titled ‘Male Seeking Female: Must Want Kids‘.

Although an air of desperation is usually unbecoming of a potential suitor, as Brian Zimmerman of the London Zoo notes, in this case it’s warranted:

It might be too late for their wild counterparts, but if we can find a female, its not too late for the species. Here at ZSL London Zoo we have two healthy males, as well as the facilities and expertise to make a real difference.

We are urgently appealing to anyone who owns or knows someone who may own these critically endangered fish, which are silver in colour with an orange-tipped tail, so that we can start a breeding programme here at the Zoo to bring them back from the brink of extinction.

After the fish’s native river habitat in Madagascar was destroyed by damming operations, Mangarahara cichlids ceased to exist outside of those in captivity. Zoo officials were unable to find females in any other zoo, and are appealing to fish collectors or private aquariums that might hold the key to producing a new generation of the dwindling species.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.


Photo: Ben Lawson/flickr


Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you TreeHugger, for Sharing this!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thanks for the interseting article!

MARINA M4 years ago

So Sad - I do hope that they find a female!

Melania Padilla
Melania P4 years ago

OH MY....

Mandy H.
Mandy H4 years ago

Oh no that's awful! I hope they do find a female.

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright4 years ago

This is incredibly sad. While I hope and pray they are successful in finding a suitable female, it's not looking too good is it? Another species on the brink of extinction................

David V.
David V4 years ago

so sad.....humans are at it again....destroying wildlife one species at a time.

Liliana Garcia
Liliana Garcia4 years ago

Linda has a point, people have a right to improve living conditions and right now all here typing to a keyboard and connected to the internet already have some of those conditions. As others have said, it was shortsighted to do so without taking steps to safeguard the survival of this species. The improvement of basic living conditions can meet some complex problems BUT it is not the same thing as what the the accummulation of wealth through greed and exploitation brings about, which is precisely what's making our planet less habitable by the hour... I certainly hope this female can be located. Thanks for the article.

Lorraine Andersen
Lorraine A4 years ago

Wow, A shame they have left it this late in the game. I hope they find a female for them!!.