Salina is a city in the US state of Kansas. The Central Mall of Salina is not famous for its shops and fast-food joints, like most malls. No, the Central Mall is a large Aquarium, which was fitted in the mall decades ago, in 1987. Its name is the Bruce Zamrzla Aquarium. The name Zamrzla was one of the biologists behind the concept of this Aquarium.
Bruce Zamrzla’s Contribution To The Best Aquarium:
Bruce “Zam” Zamrzla was a staunch environmentalist and a teacher who taught children about the environment. He did this in the hope that if they learned about it when they were young children, one day, they would also learn the need to care about it and preserve it. Zam was the one who had first dreamed up the idea of placing a giant fish tank in the Central Mall of Salina, Kansas. He did this for people to be more connected with nature. The most he could do for his idea was to install an enormous fish tank in the middle of a place that people visited all the time – the mall.
Zam was the one who chose the species of fish that were brought to the fish tank. He selected different species of fish amounting to about 20 fish initially. The tank can fit around 70-75 fish, but it also varies depending on the size of the fish as well. Bruce died 25 years ago in a car accident, in the year 1994. However, his work still lives on. Zam’s widow Jeanette often goes to the Salina Central Mall to see the Aquarium that her husband had installed, and remembers him.
Some Other Important Figures For The Central Mall Aquarium:
The staff of the Central Mall manages the Bruce Zamzrla Aquarium. Some of the people involved in the maintenance of the fish tank are currently as follows: the manager of security of the Central Mall, Jim Moore, a fish biologist named Bryan Sowards, and Sue Drayer, the accountant of the mall crew. They each have separate jobs to do when it comes to the Aquarium, which happens to be the biggest Aquarium in all of Kansas.
Some Other Important Figures:
The manager of security, Jim Moore, is responsible for draining the tank and cleaning it. This also includes cleaning the valves and pipes of the fish tank every spring. The fish biologist, Bryan Sowards, is the person who is in charge of bringing the selected fish to the mall after the tank has been cleaned.
This particular fish biologist works in the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. He gets the fish from the Milford Lake Hatchery. Some of the fish that Sowards brings are the Blue Catfish, Bluegill, Channel Cat, Striped Bass, etc. While the fish species change and get replaced every spring, the creature that is never replaced in the tank is a snapping turtle. The last person we will talk about is the accountant, Sue Drayer. She is more or less excited to get the Aquarium back up and running before the Black Friday sales begin. Furthermore, she loves looking at the fish in the Aquarium, just like everybody else in her town.