Brevard Zoo, in partnership with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society (STPS), opened its 2,400-square-foot Sea Turtle Healing Center in April 2014. The facility includes two separate holding facilities with a total of 12 tanks ranging in size from 6 – 20 feet. The facility is not currently open to the public.
The beaches of Brevard County are among the world’s most important nesting areas for sea turtles and the largest in the US.
Prior to the opening of the Center, the challenge the STPS faced was the great distance between our local beaches and existing sea turtle rescue facilities, with one as far as 107 miles away. Our facility is just 19 miles away. The shorter drive means less stress and quicker treatment for distressed turtles.
The Center was designed to treat turtles with the fibropapilloma virus (FP), which causes tumors to grow inside and outside the turtle’s body. Since FP-positive and FP-negative turtles must be housed separately, the Center is one of just a few facilities that can accept patients with this contagious disease.
Sea turtles are a defining part of our community, and the Sea Turtle Healing Center is integral to the rescue of these beloved animals!
Have you found a sea turtle that needs help? Visit this page or call STPS at 321-206-0646.