Brevard Zoo Aquarium will answer the call for marine conservation, promote education and the economy

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East Coast Zoological Society began its mission in 1986 to protect wildlife and their habitats

The EAST COAST ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY’s future second campus, located on 14 acres along the shoreline of the Banana River in Port Canaveral, will leverage the beauty and benefits of natural Florida in an indoor/outdoor visitor experience. Brevard Zoo is living proof that bold ideas – shared within a community and matched with action – can create extraordinary results. (picture Brevard Zoo)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The East Coast Zoological Society (ECZS) began its mission to protect wildlife and their habitats in 1986, first leading the effort with community leaders and thousands of volunteers to build the Brevard Zoo, which opened in 1994.

More than 16,000 people, be they entrepreneurs, engineers, tradesmen or retirees, devoted their time and talents to the construction of what is today one of the largest zoos independent of the country.

ECZS’ future second campus, located on 14 acres along the shoreline of the Banana River in Port Canaveral, will leverage the beauty and benefits of natural Florida in an indoor/outdoor visitor experience. Brevard Zoo is living proof that bold ideas – shared within a community and matched with action – can create extraordinary results.

Through the Aquarium and Conservation Center we will:

HELP THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON: Fund restoration and research projects (estimated at $500,000 per year) along the entire length of the lagoon and will become one of the largest funders of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRLNEP) by dedicating a percentage of each entry paid to the aquarium directly to IRL conservation.

EDUCATION: Educating over half a million guests a year about environmental action by reducing plastics in the oceans, supporting sustainable fishing and reducing our impact on the lagoon with simple, easy, everyday changes to our mode of life – by becoming more aware of waterway conservation.

SCIENCE AND RESEARCH: Facilitate multi-institutional research projects and offer hands-on science-in-action programs to educate visitors about real-time water quality monitoring and management.

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES: Get closer to our aquatic ecosystems through canoeing and hands-on activities that will give visitors the thrill of science, adventure and exploration.

ANIMAL WELLBEING : Continuing our legacy of the best possible care for our Aquatic Ambassadors, including the latest in veterinary technology, enrichment and training, and an expansion of rehabilitation facilities.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: The Aquarium Coastal Conservation Center will become a place to coordinate and facilitate restoration, research and education efforts throughout the region.

REHABILITATION SERVICES: An expanded facility will allow us to rehabilitate and release more of these animals, such as sea turtles and manatees, in need of intensive care with new treatment centers visible to the public and closer to the ocean.

ATTRACTING VALUABLE HUMAN CAPITAL: We are literally the world’s launchpad to space, and we must protect our quality of life and our unique waterways to attract the next generation of engineers and inventors.

“The Aquarium Project is one of the only projects proposed for the Indian River Lagoon that will be truly transformational. Capacity building for species recovery and habitat restoration is a critical precursor to implementation. large-scale restoration work needed to reclaim this nationally significant estuary,” said Duane De Freese, Ph.D., executive director, Indian River Lagoon Council and Indian River Lagoon National Estuary.

The Aquarium will welcome more than 525,000 guests each year, contributing more than $85 million in annual economic benefits and supporting 937 jobs in the region. (picture Brevard Zoo)

Multiplication of economic impact

By maintaining healthy waterways, we support our recreational lifestyle, protect property values ​​and safeguard tourism. In addition to the Brevard Zoo, the second campus will attract and retain a talented, well-paid workforce to Florida’s east coast. The Aquarium and Conservation Center will also allow us to build additional research and innovation partnerships in the region.

The Brevard Zoo welcomes over 460,000 visitors each year, contributing $65 million in annual economic benefits and supporting 875 jobs in the region.

The Aquarium will welcome more than 525,000 guests each year, contributing more than $85 million in annual economic benefits and supporting 937 jobs in the region.

Commit to the future, help us grow: This is a unique opportunity to create a world-class aquarium and conservation center on Florida’s east coast that will further engage the region and serve second campus for the restoration of the estuary. , stewardship and conservation.

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ECZS’ future second campus, located on 14 acres along the shoreline of the Banana River in Port Canaveral, will leverage the beauty and benefits of natural Florida in an indoor/outdoor visitor experience. Brevard Zoo is living proof that bold ideas – shared within a community and matched with action – can create extraordinary results. (picture Brevard Zoo)

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