Officially Under Construction!

We are incredibly excited to announce construction has begun on the Port of Corpus Christi Center for Wildlife Rescue at the Texas State Aquarium!

The Aquarium’s new rescue center will have state-of-the-art veterinary medical equipment, an interpretive center, and a multimedia theater to help share the Wildlife Rescue story.  The Aquarium’s goal is to increase capacity for wildlife rescue and response, facilitate learning for veterinary medical students and veterinary technologists, and foster a better understanding for the public regarding what each of us can do to help protect wildlife. Upon completion of the facility, the public will have unparalleled access to witness the treatment and rehabilitation of thousands of shorebirds, raptors (birds of prey), marine mammals, and sea turtles.


The 20-thousand-square-foot wildlife rescue center, to be located on our main campus immediately adjacent to the Aquarium, replaces the existing facilities located on Rincon Road. This is an extraordinary milestone for this institution.

Even before the Aquarium first opened its doors on the Gulf of Mexico experience in 1990, the founders envisioned a much larger facility. They developed a four-phased master plan, which, in addition to the Gulf of Mexico exhibit building, would include a marine mammal exhibition, a Caribbean wing, and a research, education, and conservation center. Dolphin Bay opened in 2003, Caribbean Journey in 2017, and with the opening scheduled for the wildlife rescue center in 2022, we will have essentially completed that visionary initial master plan.