It's time for a new sea turtle rescue & rehab facility
Through our expanded facility at South Padre Island, we can realize our vision to be a world leader in sea turtle recovery, education, and conservation of sea turtle populations worldwide.
Help Renovate Our Rehab Center
Sea turtles maintain the health of our oceans, making them more resilient to future threats. Currently, our organization has an urgent need for improved clinic facilities.
In 2019, we released 85 rehabilitated sea turtles into the wild & hosted over 198,000 visitors into our facility. Our hospital facilities are inadequate for the growing number of injured turtles. Furthermore, public viewing areas are terribly overcrowded.
Total Estimated Costs for FacilIty Renovation: $1.6MM
- Construction and Outfitting of the Medical Clinic: $200,000 ($100,000 over 2-year period)
- World’s only Sea Turtle CT Scan Machine (CAT Scan) $90,000 over 3-year period
- Construction of gender-separate dormitories and bathrooms: $120,000 ($60,000 over 2-year period)
- Annual Intern Sponsorship: 8 internships at $3,500 each
You Can Help Our Facility
Upgrading Our Clinic
An upgrade to our existing facility would include construction of a full intensive care unit and vet clinic. The clinic will be equipped with x-ray facilities, a surgical unit, and climate-controlled medical storage areas. This will lower stress levels of our turtle patients and improve their rate of recovery.
In 2012, we celebrated ten years’ of partnership with US Fish and Wildlife in patrolling the beaches of South Padre Island and Boca Chica for nesting female Kemp’s ridley sea turtles.
We are financially responsible for the Kemp’s ridley nesting conservation efforts for approximately 50 miles of beach between the Mansfield Jetties and the Rio Grande.
Dorms for Interns
Each year, we hire eight interns to assist with these summer patrols. The interns come from all over the world to learn about sea turtle conservation and rehabilitation. They assist with all the operations of Sea Turtle, Inc. from patrolling to education.
Currently, the interns are housed in leased apartments in an off-sight location due to lack of any type of living quarters at our facility. The trailers must be brought in every year, cleaned, space rented for them. A permanent dormitory for the interns would improve their living conditions during their stay, keep them safe in the event of severe weather, and save the organization money on rent and utilities in the long run.
Personalization and Memorials
Why contribute to Sea Turtle, Inc.?
Your contributions to our Capital Campaign allow us to better serve our sea turtles and visitors. We strive to improve the conditions of our recovering and resident sea turtles and further contribute to the conservation of sea turtle populations worldwide. By increasing our visitor capacity, we will be able to increase educational programs which guide people to understand and want to help improve our marine environment. For any questions about our renovation or information about donations, please contact Wendy Knight.
If you are interested in sponsoring an internship or any other personalized capital campaign item please contact Sanjuana Zavala.
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