Brevard Zoo Receives Grant to Expand Sea Turtle Healing Center Facilities By 25 Percent

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Zoo struggling to find space for new patients

As the only sea turtle rehabilitation facility in Brevard County, the Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center is taking in an increasing number of sick and injured animals every year.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – As the only sea turtle rehabilitation facility in Brevard County, the Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center is taking in an increasing number of sick and injured animals every year.

Brevard Zoo periodically finds themselves struggling to find space for new patients, which requires it to divide tanks or transfer sea turtles to facilities elsewhere in the state.

To better help the subadult loggerhead and juvenile green sea turtles Brevard Zoo typically admits, they have been awarded a grant to expand their facility by 25 percent.

Three, eight-foot-wide tanks arrived earlier this month and are awaiting the installation of a concrete pad that will serve as their base.

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They’re also adding a new protein skimmer and mixing tank to our life support systems to continue to provide exceptional care to the stranded sea turtles of Brevard and our neighboring counties.

Stay tuned as this project progresses in the coming months.

This project is being funded in part by a grant awarded from the Sea Turtle Grants Program.

The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate.

The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate. (Brevard Zoo image)