As our community deals with the crisis posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain dedicated to the health and wellness of the animals in our care, to our employees and volunteers, and to continuing our local conservation initiatives like rehabilitating sea turtles and lagoon restoration.
In response to your kindness and concern regarding our ongoing financial challenges, we created a wish list that identifies many of the things we could use right now to continue our mission. Thank you to the hundreds of supporters that already granted some of our wishes! We update this list often, so check back for new additions.
Prey Play for Jaguars
This fun toy moves unpredictably just like prey by rocking back and forth, rolling from side to side and springing back upright when pushed. Our jaguars have had these in the past and loved them.
Share the Cost by Contributing $11 | Total Shares: 40
BUY PREY PLAY
Sea Turtle “Home Away from Home”
We are now in “washback season,” and our Sea Turtle Healing Center is busier than ever treating sick and injured sea turtles. Their care is often long-term (measured in months) as the goal is to rehabilitate them back to health for eventual release back to their ocean home. While they are at the Healing Center, our incredible and dedicated staff makes sure their every need is satisfied as they heal in their “home away from home.” To make this possible, the needs are great… which is why our sea turtle caretakers wish for these items.
BUY DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS (Share the Cost by Contributing $20 | Total Shares: 70)
BUY SALT FOR POOLS (Share the Cost by Contributing $10 | Total Shares: 30)
BUY MEDICATION (Share the Cost by Contributing $15 | Total Shares: 20)
A pulse oximeter allows our veterinary staff to monitor animals’ oxygen levels during procedures that require anesthesia. A lactate testing kit helps us with diagnoses and prognoses.
Share the Cost by Contributing $25 | Total Shares: 44
BUY VETERINARY TOOLS
Keepers work to provide novel sensory experiences for our animals. We can use items like mirrors, bubble machines, bells, mirrored balls, light projectors, brushes and more to change their environments.
Share the Cost by Contributing $5 | Total Shares: 30
No one likes to look through an algae covered tank! There’s a lot of glass to clean to ensure our animals have the best habitats and our guests have the best view! This powerful buffer would make cleaning algae a breeze for our keepers who regularly scrub the glass clean.
Share the Cost by Contributing $20 | Total Shares: 100
Lilly, Violet and Casper are so fun but soooo messy—it seems like half of their hay ends up on the ground! Waste-free hay mangers will safely reduce hay waste, keep the hay clear of contamination and save the keepers time of clearing up extra debris. Plus you’ll have a clearer path when visiting your friends in the Petting Zone!
Share the Cost by Contributing $20 | Total Shares: 40
BUY HAY MANGERS
Our ambassador animals have secure indoor housing that provides great cover from inclement weather, but it doesn’t let in much sunshine. A sunning habitat would give these guys the chance to soak up some rays and explore a novel space that can be changed up for enriching “playtime.”
Share the Cost by Contributing $35 | Total Shares: 100
Designed to hold items in place, the “J-Moody” rocks back and forth as the animal tries to get to food or a toy. By incentivizing the dingos to work for a reward, this device replicates the challenges dingos face when hunting in their natural range.
Share the Cost by Contributing $15 | Total Shares: 36
BUY A J-MOODY
For an in-depth look at the water in the lagoon, a YSI with probes will do the trick! This device allows us to assess a variety of water quality factors and will be used during site selections, monitoring events and oyster gardening site visits.
Share the Cost by Contributing $50 | Total Shares: 70
Mangroves are under pressure throughout the world. Development, pollution, oil spills and over-harvesting contribute to the decline of mangrove habitats. As the frequency and severity of storms increase due to climate change, local populations suffer, taking several years to recover. The mangroves in our Indian River Lagoon are not exempt from these threats, but our Restore Our Shores team is working to bring these trees back. Help us build healthy populations of mangroves, restoring a sustainable ecosystem for aquatic and coastal animals.
Large Red Mangrove: $55 | Wish for 25
BUY A MANGROVE
Violet the goat explores a new platform that gives her a bird's-eye view of the Paws On Petting Zone.
A Zoo curator keeps an eye on the giant otter habitat thanks to a new camera system that allows us to monitor these animals from afar.
A blue-and-yellow macaw climbs down a new toy that will help satisfy his natural chewing instincts.
Zoo staff pour a bag of sand into a Perdido Key beach mouse tank. The tanks are designed to mimic the endangered mice's natural habitat and encourage breeding.
Clarabelle the goat enjoys a meal out of a new slow feeder.
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