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As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we rely on the generosity of our guests and donors to pursue our mission. Your contributions not only help us to save thousands of injured animals, but also provides the highest standard of care to our animals but also allows us to provide specialized immersive programs to our veterans, offer unique educational experiences to students and supports our operations. Supporting the Texas State Aquarium helps support our mission of keeping Texas Wild, one animal at a time.

What better way to begin the season of giving than with a day dedicated to generosity? Giving Tuesday is here, and today, we invite you to join us in supporting our wildlife rescue efforts.

Thanks to your support, the Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue Center is the largest emergency response and rescue facility in Texas and the leading coastal wildlife rescue program in the U.S. But we don’t work alone. Your support allows us to save dolphins, river otters and thousands of endangered sea turtles.

Learn more about some of our Wildlife Rescue Efforts.

Every Gift Counts

Whether it’s a one-time gift or a recurring donation, your support has a lasting impact. Choose how you want to contribute to our cause:


How Your Contribution Makes a Difference

Together, we can keep Texas wild, one animal at a time.

  • Arthur's Journey: From Rescue to Family at Texas State Aquarium

    🦦 In 2020, Arthur was just a 5-6 week old otter pup when fate brought him to us. Found orphaned on the side of a road in Austin, Texas, he was battling the odds – underweight and dehydrated. But thanks to the dedication of our Texas State Aquarium veterinary team and wildlife rescue staff, Arthur didn't just survive; he thrived.

    His journey, though remarkable, was not one he could make alone. Being too young to return to his natural habitat, Arthur was deemed non-releasable and found a new home with us. Today, he's a beloved, permanent member of our Aquarium family, sharing playful days with his otter friends, Fisher and Merlin.

    This Giving Tuesday, we invite you to be a part of stories like Arthur's. Your donations empower us to rescue, rehabilitate, and release animals back into their habitats.

  • A Tale of Hope and Resilience: The Journey of Ranger, the Rehabilitated Dolphin

    🐬 We invite you to join us in celebrating the remarkable story of Ranger, a true testament to the power of your support.

    Ranger, a male bottlenose dolphin calf originally named Goose, was rescued in June 2021 after being found stranded in the waters around Goose Island State Park in Texas, near his deceased mother. Suffering from an underlying respiratory infection and dehydration, he was transported to the Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue Center. Here, our dedicated veterinary and rescue staff provided 24/7 care for nine months.

    His journey, though remarkable, was not one he could make alone. Being too young to return to his natural habitat, Ranger was deemed non-releasable and found his forever home at the Dolphin Research Center in Key West, FL. There, he joined a pod of 25 dolphins.

    This story highlights how our Wildlife Rescue efforts make a difference and demonstrates how skills learned at the Aquarium can be applied to rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals.

    Giving Tuesday has arrived, and we invite you to become a wildlife advocate today. Your contribution can spark a wave of generosity and inspire others to join in. Simply text RESCUE to 501501 to donate $10 and support more rescues like Ranger's!

  • A Look Back at an Unprecedented Sea Turtle Cold Stunning Event: Over 1,000 Rescued and Released

    In 2021, Winter Storm Uri delivered a freezing blow to South Texas, significantly impacting our local wildlife. In a monumental sea turtle cold stunning event, the Texas State Aquarium's Wildlife Rescue Center, in collaboration with Marine Stranding Network partners, rescued over 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from February 13, 2021 to February 23, 2021.

    Over the prior couple of years, many green sea turtles had lingered in the shallow bay systems of Laguna Madre due to mild winters. As a result, they didn't receive the usual thermal cues to move to deeper waters. When temperatures suddenly plummeted, these cold-blooded creatures became lethargic and unable to swim due to the cold. Many suffered from conditions such as pneumonia and injuries from being washed against rocks.

    The Aquarium's dedicated staff, tirelessly worked to rehabilitate these green sea turtles. An intake process assessed the turtles' injuries, vital signs, weight, and other details to create individualized treatment plans. Volunteers also played a vital role in walking surveys, turtle transport, and documentation.

    Release operations took place, with the first round of 146 sea turtles released with the help of the U.S. Coast Guard and Texas Game Wardens. The remainder, over 800 sea turtles, were released 20 miles offshore into the Gulf of Mexico during one of the largest sea turtle release operations ever recorded.

    Thanks to generous hearts through donations, we can make an impact on Texas wildlife. Leave your mark on wildlife rescue today! Your support matters.

    For more rescue stories


Jennifer Vela
Chief Government Affairs & Marketing Officer
Texas State Aquarium
2710 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78402
[email protected]

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