Texas State Aquarium Announces $500,000 Gift from Valero for Its New Center for Wildlife Rescue

May 15, 2023

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Texas State Aquarium will receive a $500,000 donation from Valero to support the vital work of the Aquarium’s new Port of Corpus Christi Center for Wildlife Rescue. Thanks to this donation, the veterinary laboratory at the new Center for Wildlife Rescue will be named “Valero Veterinary Laboratory.”

“Valero has been a partner of the Texas State Aquarium since our inception. We are grateful for their gift to the new Center for Wildlife Rescue and new ultramodern veterinary laboratory,” said Jesse Gilbert, President & CEO, Texas State Aquarium. “Support from our partners, like Valero, will contribute to further expansion of our successful animal care and Wildlife Rescue program and allow us to rescue and treat thousands of injured animals.”

The Valero Laboratory will be found on the first floor of the Center for Wildlife Rescue and will be visible to guests. The lab will play a vital role in the education of veterinary students who schedule rotations at the Texas State Aquarium and are an integral part of providing the absolute best care to our rescued animals. In the laboratory, veterinary and water quality staff will process diagnostic samples on a routine basis. Water quality personnel will also use the lab to assure that aquatic animals admitted to Wildlife Rescue are living in the best environment possible.

“Valero is delighted to continue our support of the Texas State Aquarium with this significant contribution earmarked for a new Valero Veterinary Laboratory. We are thrilled that the funding will be used in the training of the Center’s dedicated staff and veterinary students as well as provide expanded ability to rescue, treat, and ultimately release thousands of injured animals to our bays and estuaries,” said Kevin Lassahn, Vice President and General Manager, Valero Corpus Christi Refineries.

The new 20,000 square foot Center for Wildlife Rescue will be located on the Texas State Aquarium’s main campus and is currently under construction. 

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The Texas State Aquarium (TSA), the Official Aquarium of the State of Texas, is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) institution that is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Its mission is to engage people with animals, inspire appreciation for our seas and support wildlife conservation. TSA, the largest Aquarium in Texas, cares for over 4,000 animals and has been named the #5 Aquarium in North America by USA Today. Learn more at texasstateaquarium.org.

Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries (collectively, “Valero”), is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and petrochemical products. Valero is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio, Texas, and it operates 15 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.2 million barrels per day and 13 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.7 billion gallons per year. The petroleum refineries are located in the United States (U.S.), Canada and the United Kingdom (U.K.), and the ethanol plants are located in the Mid-Continent region of the U.S. Valero also is a joint venture partner in Diamond Green Diesel, which operates a renewable diesel plant in Norco, Louisiana. Diamond Green Diesel is North America’s largest biomass-based diesel plant. Valero sells its products in the wholesale rack or bulk markets in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland and Latin America. Approximately 7,000 outlets carry Valero’s brand names. Please visit www.valero.com for more information. 


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