Money for The Aquarium: It Does Not Come Out of Thin Air

Rebel, a rescued endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

For any zoological facility, including Clearwater Marine Aquarium, money does not come out of thin air. In fact, many zoos and aquariums rely solely on donations they receive. They are non-profit organizations that dedicate themselves to wildlife conservation, research, and education on every level. But, what do with all the money they receive from the public? The answer is the following:

  • Animal Care
  • Maintaining Animal Exhibits and Enrichment
  • Current Conservation and Education Programs
  • Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Programs
  • Salaries for Employees
You might hear from extremists about marine life facilities being “bad”. In reality, as much as every zoo and aquarium would love to house beloved animals such as dolphins and manatees to teach people about them, only a handful of facilities in the world house them because caring for them can be extremely expensive. In fact,  facilities pay thousands of dollars to provide the food, health care, habitat needs, and enrichment that are all needed to give a captive animal all of its suitable needs. In order to pay for all the needs of their animals, they have get that money from ticket prices, food and merchandise receipts, and direct donations.

Donations come in good handy to help zoos and aquariums support both animal care and conservation programs

The question is that many people ask me is this:Why Do people Support Zoos and Aquariums?
  • Zoos and aquariums spends more than $70 million on conservation, research, and educational projects worldwide
  • More than 19 species have been saved from extinction ranging from giant pandas, to California Condors by zoological professionals.
  • Zoological facilities respond to a handful of rescue cases each year.
  • Zoos and aquariums continue to educate the public on conservation awareness. They believe that conservation can only be born through education and a change in heart towards all wildlife.
So please, the next time, you visit a zoo or aquarium, be sure you leave them a donation to help continue their tireless work to make the world a better place for generations to come.

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