2011/2/28 Category: Conservation News
Jody Palmer, Oyster Restoration Outreach Coordinator, reports in after a day out on the Mosquito Lagoon: What a great day I had working with Dr. Linda Walters, Paul Sacks of UCF, CJ Greene from The Nature Conservancy and half a dozen UCF Undergraduate and Masters students! We spent the day in the Indian River Lagoon collecting data on oyster reefs, both previously restored and natural reefs. With the help of many wild dolpins jumping around our boat and the beautiful sunshine above, we were able to have a very productive day! Astonishing numbers continue to come in showing the success of oyster restoration mats in the lagoon as they provide a habitat to young oysters (called spat-isn't that fun?!). Thanks to our volunteers and partners for making this such a great project and for helping Brevard Zoo put our mission statement of 'Wildlife Conservation through Education and Participation' into action.
2011/2/23 Category: Zoo News
Brevard Zoo now offers self-guided paddle boat rides through our restored wetlands in Wild Florida at the Wetland Outpost daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are on the half-hour and cost is $15 a boat for non-members, up to four people. Cost for Zoo-members is $12. All participants must sign a waiver in order to paddle boat. For children under the age of 16, only a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian can sign a waiver.
2011/2/17 Category: Zoo News
Brevard Zoo received a $500,000 grant from the Harris Corporation Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation for Brevard. The grant goes towards building the new Animal Care Center currently under construction. This new, state-of-the-art veterinary facility is 9,500-square-foot and will serve more than 560 animals representing 170 different species at the Zoo.The new facility to be named the Harris Corporation Animal Care Center will have x-ray, treatment and intensive care rooms; a lab and a pharmacy; and a large surgery suite with adjacent "scrub" facilities and offices. It also will house a commissary to support the diet and nutrition needs of the Zoo's residents, and will enhance ongoing research and conservation efforts. The new center will help augment the Zoo's successful educational programs, play a key role in maintaining the Zoo's accreditation and help carry out its mission of "Wildlife Conservation through Education and Participation."
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