August 9, 2013
Texas State Aquarium Launches Wildlife Care, Conservation, and Research Fund
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Texas State Aquarium is excited to announce the launch of its new Wildlife Care, Conservation, and Research Fund (WCCR). This new, annual grant program will fund research and conservation projects that focus on conservation issues linked to the species and ecosystems interpreted at the Aquarium. The Texas State Aquarium will be awarding $100,000 to worthy projects this year through the WCCR. Recipients will be chosen by a panel led by Dr. Wes Tunnell of the Harte Research Institute and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. The panel will include representatives from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Nature Conservancy, and the Texas State Aquarium.
In 2010, the Texas State Aquarium Board of Trustees and staff developed a new vision for the Aquarium, with the goal of ultimately becoming a nationally recognized aquarium. In addition to the Aquarium’s current role as the leading environmental education center and an important driver of tourism for this region, the Aquarium endeavors to become a powerful force in wildlife conservation, supporting research and conservation programs that positively impact the species and habitats found throughout South Texas, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea. The launching of the WCCR fund is another milestone as the Aquarium begins to realize this vision.
Aquarium President & CEO Tom Schmid commented, “We are very excited to launch this program and help further the research and conservation projects of those in the community. As a not-for-profit entity, we are acutely aware of how important grant funding is to projects, so we are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to others.”
The Texas State Aquarium is now accepting applications for grants, with a deadline of September 13, 2013. Grant applications and more information about this program can be found at www.texasstateaquarium.org/wccr.
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The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.