Lake Victoria: Mukasa’s Tear

September 15th, 1996 - August 31st, 2000 | PROJECT

The New England Aquarium (NEAq) will develop a traveling exhibit and associated programs to focus on parallel scientific and environmental issues facing Lake Victoria (East Africa) and North American fisheries. The NEAq is working in partnership with the national Museums of Kenya (NMK). This project results from NSF supported research on Lake Victoria biodiversity crises and a workshop that involved 70 scientists, policymakers, and resource managers. A 5,000 sq. ft. exhibit "Lake Victoria: Mukasa's Tear" will be developed that will present both the Lake Victoria and North American fisheries issues in six modules including: Biodiversity Then and Now; Changing Life Styles; Lake Victoria Timelines; Fisheries Technology; Global Markets; and Towards the Future. Complementary educational programs will include on-site interpretation, special programs for K-12 classes, teacher workshops and curriculum materials, special events. The exhibit will open at NEAq in 1998 and will begin its national tour in 1999. A second version of the exhibit (which will be funded separately), will be shown in Kenya.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Mark Chandler, Principal Investigator, New England Aquarium
Alexander Goldowsky, Co-Principal Investigator, New England Aquarium Corporation


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ANESA
Award Number: 9627216
Funding Amount: 998367


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Geoscience and geography | History | policy | law | Life science | Nature of science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits | Exhibitions