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Meet Our New Veterinarian: Dr. Rachel Turner

We are incredibly proud to announce that we have a new staff veterinarian working with us: Dr. Rachel Turner! Get to know this new Zoo team member and her insights on what it’s like to care for our Zoo residents so far.

A green sea turtle

Saving Poppy’s Life

Poppy was found struggling on the surface of the water near the Sebastian Saltwater Marina Restaurant’s dock. While the severity of Poppy’s condition was not immediately known, it soon became clear that this was a dangerous situation for the little turtle.  

A loggerhead sea turtle swimming in a tank.

Releasing Curry the Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Brevard Zoo is releasing loggerhead sea turtle Curry on Feb. 28 after four months of rehabilitation in the Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center.

A juvenile sea turtle posing on a white towel.

Plastic Pollution Has Detrimental Effects on Young Sea Turtles

We follow the cases of three young sea turtle patients who battled with plastic pollution. While two did not make it, one juvenile turtle is on her way to making an amazing recovery.

A green sea turtle being held by a Sea Turtle Healing Center staff member.

Releasing Horchata the Green Sea Turtle

We will be releasing a juvenile green sea turtle Horchata back to the ocean! This sea turtle had a 4-month recovery with us during which Horchata passed multiple pieces of plastic.

A loggerhead sea turtle is attended to by a veterinarian and a veterinary technician.

Helping Loggerhead Sea Turtle Mischief

Our Sea Turtle Healing Center team is working hard to help a loggerhead named Mischief on their rehabilitation journey after losing a flipper to fishing equipment. 

A green sea turtle on a white towel

Releasing Green Sea Turtles Leli and Gucci

Two green sea turtle patients are heading home to the ocean on Wednesday, December 27 at 11:30 a.m. at James H. Nance Park in Indialantic.  

Helping Sea Turtles with Viral Disease

The Healing Center began a study aiming to uncover how this technology can change the lives of affected sea turtles. The study is investigating the tumors’ response to treatment, the turtles’ immune response to treatment, as well as bleomycin levels in the blood.