From WDay.com : Minnesota Zoo may choose rays to replace dolphins
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Zoo may use schools of fish and stingrays to replace its dolphins.
zoo is deciding how far $4 million in state bonding money will go in
renovating its Discovery Bay aquarium. It had asked for $7 million. The
zoo decided this spring it would no longer keep dolphins after one died,
leaving it with just two.
Zoo Director Lee Ehmke tells
Minnesota Public Radio said he hopes there's enough money to make the
most critical repairs and introduce new kinds of fish and stingrays. He
said the public might have a chance to swim or wade in the tank.
Ehmke says the rays aren't dolphins but they are "fantastic representatives of the aquatic environment."
lawmakers have criticized the zoo for the way it handled its bonding
request. The zoo publicly announced it was getting rid of the dolphins
only after it secured the state money.