Texas State Aquarium Prepares for Impending Cold Front with Wildlife Rescue and Facility Readiness

January 12, 2024

Corpus Christi, Texas - In anticipation of the cold front set to impact Texas in the coming days, the Texas State Aquarium has initiated a comprehensive emergency response plan to safeguard both coastal wildlife and its main aquarium facilities.

“We’ve been closely monitoring the weather forecasts,” explained Jesse Gilbert, President and CEO of the Texas State Aquarium. “Advanced indications of the cold weather pattern prompted us to start preparations last week. Our focus is on protecting vulnerable wildlife, especially endangered populations of sea turtles, and ensuring the safety of our aquarium residents.”

Bracing for the cold front, the Aquarium’s specialized wildlife rescue team is prepared to be activated for a response. This team is on standby, and ready to undertake immediate rescue and recovery operations if needed. Their training and equipment are tailored to efficiently handle various wildlife emergencies that may arise due to extreme weather conditions.

The Aquarium has proactively set up large emergency response pools, specifically designed to accommodate a significant number of potential cold-stunned sea turtles. These pools are not only spacious but are also equipped with heaters that have been rigorously tested to ensure full operational functionality. This initiative is part of the Aquarium’s broader strategy to protect vulnerable wildlife from severe weather conditions. This rescue operation would potentially be the first large-scale cold-stunning response at the newly established Port Corpus Christi Center for Wildlife Rescue, adjacent to the Aquarium’s main building.

In addition to preparing for wildlife rescue operations, the Aquarium is focusing on the safety and well-being of the animals residing on its premises. This includes conducting a comprehensive operational test of all environmental controls, such as heaters, to ensure they function optimally during the cold front. Vulnerable species, such as Kimani, the African serval, and sea turtles from Tortuga Cay, will be relocated to indoor spaces for better protection.

These steps underscore the Texas State Aquarium’s commitment to wildlife conservation and the welfare of the animals under its care, demonstrating a comprehensive and proactive approach to managing the challenges posed by the upcoming cold weather.

While preparing for the upcoming cold front, the Texas State Aquarium is excited to announce that it will be open on Monday, January 15, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, operating from 10 am to 5 pm. Visitors are invited to escape the cold weather and enjoy a variety of indoor experiences at the Aquarium. This is an excellent opportunity for guests to warm up while exploring the many educational and entertaining offerings available.


About Texas State Aquarium  

The Texas State Aquarium (TSA), the Official Aquarium of the State of Texas, is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) institution that is fully accredited by the 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 #6 Aquarium in North America by USA Today. Learn more at texasstateaquarium.org.



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