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An oyster reef made of coquina

Experimenting with a New Reef Building Material

Our Restore Our Shores (ROS) team is always looking to try new methods in its efforts to improve the Indian River Lagoon, whether it’s taking on an experimental seagrass planting project or trying out a new material in our oyster restoration projects. One such new material: coquina!

A volunteer twirls seagrass around floral wire.

Planting Seagrass in the Indian River Lagoon

Our Restore Our Shores (ROS) conservation program has started planting small beds of seagrass in the lagoon for a new experimental project.

Using Buffer Zones to Help the Lagoon

Our Restore Our Shores (ROS) team was out of the Indian River Lagoon (but not too far away!) for their latest project to help bring this important body of water back to health: buffer zones!

Oysters with new growth.

Oyster Project Success in the Lagoon

The results of an oyster reef project built in 2022 by our Restore Our Shores team will guide how we move forward with restoration work using fewer man-made materials!

A person sprinkles clams into the Indian River Lagoon

Next Steps in Clam Restoration

Nearly two years into embarking on clam restoration in the Indian River Lagoon, our Restore Our Shores (ROS) team and their partners are using the lessons learned to guide future clam planting projects!

A photo of a woman sitting on a rock near the Indian River Lagoon.

Celebrating Women in Science: Olivia Escandell, Conservation Manager

This International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we wanted to introduce you to a few of our Zoo team members and get their insights on their fields. Meet Olivia Escandell, our Conservation Manager.

Construction of a seagrass nursery begins as a staff member holds up a blueprint.

Building a Seagrass Nursery

In partnership with the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI), the Zoo is building a seagrass nursery in Melbourne Beach.

Three Restore Our Shores staff members look at the site of Brevard Zoo's future aquarium

Evaluating Our Aquarium Site for Future Restoration Projects

As we continue fundraising for our future Aquarium, our staff is hard at work creating and finalizing plans for the aquarium and surrounding property. Our Conservation team recently made a trip to the site to get some headway on their own plans.