The Brevard Zoo is getting a new rehabilitation center later this year! Set to come out this October, the zoo’s new rehab center will focus on injured and sick sea turtles. The zoo recently got a grant for about $40,000 from the Florida sea turtle specialty license plate revenues. The grant money will supply the zoo with two separate holding facilities to house sick and non-sick turtles. The zoo’s main focus for sick sea turtles is fighting a disease commonly seen in sea turtles called Fibropapillomatosis.
Fibropapillomatosis is a viral disease that causes benign tumors to grow internally and externally on a sea turtle. The zoo, also treating injured turtles, will have separate tanks with separate closed-loop filtration systems so no diseases are spread at the sea turtles’ stay at the zoo. The rehabilitation center will be a first for Brevard since the other closest centers to treat sea turtles are at SeaWorld or Ponce Inlet in Volusia County. Having a center close to the beach to treat the sea turtles will help reduce the mortality rate of the sea turtles.
In addition to the rehabilitation center, PNC bank has been fundraising a new meerkat exhibit that will be kicking off in March 2014. The new exhibit will be incorporating the Zoo’s rock python exhibit and a new termite mound where children will be able to get up close and personal with the meerkats that will be moving through tubes around the enclosure.
Sources Used- http://www.floridatoday.com
I went around the VHS campus and asked some students to participate in a survey to find out what they knew about sea turtles. Here are their responses!
Do you know where the closest rehabilitation center is for sick or injured sea turtles?
How many sea turtle species are there?
Did you know about the new rehabilitation center coming to the Brevard Zoo?
How do you think the new rehabilitation center will help sea turtles?