Showing posts with label Brevard Zoo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brevard Zoo. Show all posts

June 23, 2018

FLORIDA - Two sea turtles released by Brevard Zoo

MELBOURNE, Fla., June 21, 2018 — Skipper and Ginny are back in the sea. This afternoon, more than 100 animal lovers joined staff and volunteers from Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center as these green sea turtles made their way to the open ocean off Hangar’s Beach.
Skipper was found floating in Port Canaveral after she was struck by a boat in February. Ginny was discovered on the coast of Melbourne Beach in May; when put in water at the Healing Center, she demonstrated buoyancy issues, likely due to a gaseous buildup in her gastrointestinal tract. Both patients were treated with medication, nutritious food and rest.

February 28, 2017

Brevard Zoo Releases Sea Turtle

Earlier this evening at 5 p.m. at Hightower Beach Park in Satellite Beach, Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center released Merriam, a subadult male loggerhead sea turtle. Merriam was admitted last year on Dictionary Day (October 16). He was found floating sideways in the water with barnacles, algae and an open wound on his shell, which indicated a severe body cavity infection. Staff and volunteers treated the turtle with fluids, antibiotics, vitamins and nutritious food and applied honey to his wound.

Found in oceans all over the world, loggerheads are considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Entanglement in fishing gear, poaching, coastal habitat loss and climate change pose the most significant threats to this species.


February 16, 2017

FLORIDA - Dozens of flamingos arrive at Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., February 16, 2017 — On Wednesday morning, 40 Chilean flamingos flocked into their new habitat at Brevard Zoo.

The newcomers, which came from another Florida facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, share the space with 11 Chilean and two American flamingos that had already been residing at the Zoo. A new structure was built to provide all of the birds with shelter and nesting opportunities.

“We expect to see more breeding behaviors and, hopefully, chicks in the coming years, which would be a first for us,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs. “The space was designed around the flamingos’ needs.”

Florida Institute of Technology animal behaviorist Dr. Darby Proctor and her students will observe and document the birds’ behavior from the perimeter of the exhibit.

Chilean flamingos are native to wetlands in several South American countries. They are considered “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources due to egg harvesting and habitat loss.

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 800 animals representing 180 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

January 31, 2017

FLORIDA - Abandoned kangaroo receives care at Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., January 31, 2017 — A tiny red kangaroo abandoned by her mother has another shot at life thanks to the dedication of Brevard Zoo’s animal care team. She is the fifth joey born to five-year-old mother Jacie.

The as-yet-unnamed female, who is approximately five months old, was discovered out of Jacie’s pouch on Monday, January 23. She was likely ejected from the pouch due to stress from a storm the night prior. After several unsuccessful attempts to reunite the two, animal care managers made the decision to raise the joey by hand.

“Red kangaroos don’t start emerging from the pouch until they’re about seven months old,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs. “We think this joey is five months old, so the situation is still very precarious.”  

Keepers feed the joey every four hours, day and night, and weigh her once per day.
The Zoo’s kangaroo mob is living behind the scenes and will return for public viewing in late May when the Australasia section of the Zoo reopens as Lands of Change: Australia and Beyond.

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 800 animals representing 180 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.

Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

January 9, 2017

FLORIDA - Brevard Zoo provides emergency assistance to save wild bears and pangolins


MELBOURNE, Fla., January 9, 2016 — Three threatened species on two continents just got a much-needed helping hand from Brevard Zoo as recipients of the Zoo’s Wildlife Emergency Fund (WEF).

Spectacled Bear Conservation Society Peru is currently fighting wildfires that have already burned more than 50,000 acres of Andean bear and mountain tapir habitat. According to the Society, these fires were likely set by farmers operating under the local but mistaken belief that smoke changes the atmosphere to bring rain. The grant money will be used to contain the fires, purchase supplies, transport villagers and support educational efforts to prevent future wildfires. 

In early December, 70 critically endangered Sunda pangolins were rescued by Save Vietnam’s Wildlife. The pangolins were trapped in Laos and en route to be sold in China for their meat, skin and scales. Each was bound tightly in a small net and force-fed, resulting in stomach problems and, for a few, the loss of legs or claws. The grant money will be used to rehabilitate and, hopefully, release the animals. Pangolins are widely considered the world’s most trafficked group of mammals.

Each organization was awarded $2,000. The WEF is a small grant program that provides emergency financial support to conservation organizations responding to natural or man-made catastrophes. This award is funded entirely by the sale of volunteer-made buttons; more than 60 varieties of buttons, each featuring a Zoo animal, are sold throughout the Zoo for one dollar each.

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 800 animals representing 180 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.orgTreetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

December 12, 2016

FLORIDA - Sea turtle release on Wednesday


This Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach, Brevard Zoo will release Trident, a subadult loggerhead sea turtle. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this release.

Trident was admitted to the Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center in July after being found by a University of Central Florida research team in the Trident Basin at Port Canaveral. “She” was debilitated, underweight and covered in barnacles, algae and leeches. Trident was treated with antibiotics, fed nutritious food and given the opportunity to rest.

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